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!