Thursday, March 6, 2008

How Wonderful Is This?

When I was very young, my mother's best friend lived in Wichita and had strong ties in the Literature World. Every year, she gave my brothers and me a book for Christmas, signed by the author. One year, she gave me a book on Helen Keller and I remember reading and re-reading this book so many times I think I wore out the binding. The biography touched me deeply as a young girl and left a lasting impression, so this morning, when I heard about the first photo from 1888 of Helen and Annie Sullivan, my heart skipped a beat.
Isn't it wonderful - and look at her precious doll she is holding too. It's no wonder the first word she signed was D-O-L-L! Aaaah Helen, my hero!

6 comments:

BirchBerry Farms said...

OMGosh Cookie!!! I saw this on the Morning Show today as well---this is an awesome picture---I remember reading that book as well---and I remember feeling so sorry for this little girl named Helen---this is unreal and I LOVE the picture---I may have to just steal it from you -----HeeheeheeeLOL Renee X's & O's

Prim and Proper Folks said...

Oh Cookie...what a precious dollie Helen is holding in this photo. It's wonderful that someone was able to capture this moment in her life for all of us to share. Thank you...Susan

Cookie said...

steal away sister, I got it off the net :)

Countryfolk Keepsakes said...

I saw this on the news this mornin' Goob and immediately zeroed in on that beautiful doll. I can totally understand why the first word she learned to sign was "doll". :> )
~Peanut

Patty said...

me too, I saw it on the Today show and was in awe! What a priceless photo, and I couldn't help but realize just how well Patty Duke played her in the movie, as after seeing the expression of the little girl, I think she captured the very demeanor of the real Helen Keller.
It's amazing, and I still cannot get over that photo!

Pond Creek Primitives said...

That photo of Helen & Anne gives me chills ... I remember learning about them in school, then reading the book a few years later ... has a personal meaning to me because my brother is blind, and I myself am losing my hearing due to a birth defect, slipping further and further into a silent world ... so this picture grabs my heart. Bee