Day 219 : helen


Sandy: I have great admiration for Helen Keller. She was quite a woman – stubborn, tenacious, passionate, intelligent, courageous, a writer, lecturer, suffragist, pacifist, radical, socialist, supporter of birth control, and left handed. Imagine one being so defiant to survive scarlet fever or perhaps meningitis as a toddler. Then go on to become the first deaf blind college graduate. At seven years old, once she realized every object had a name, she inexhaustibly wanted to learn all of them. She could communicate through sign language, read Braille, and having hands so sensitive, she could read lips by placing her hands on lips. She eventually learned to speak. Fingerspelling can be done with either hand. When signing, it is recommended to use one’s dominant hand. If a person signs with their left hand, it is still understood but the person is considered to have what would be equivalent to an accent or minor speech impediment.

Sandy’s year long journey – going from being a right-hander to left-hander, and Kelly’s parallel trip as a left-hander doing things as a right-hander.


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