Jun 21, 2010

Helen Keller's Birthplace

Our 8 year old had learned about Helen Keller this year in school, so she was excited when we got to come see her house. We learned a little bit more about her and her family, and what an amazing person she actually was, and super smart!
Of course, I have to sing the praises of Annie Sullivan, who was her teacher, and companion until the day that she died. It wouldn't have mattered how smart Helen was if her parents hadn't found such a competent and patient lady to help Helen learn. Here we are at the famous "Water Pump," where Helen learned her first word "water," and began to understand the hand signs Annie had been teaching her were actually the names of things, and a way for her to communicate.

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