Helen Keller was born in 1880, a perfectly healthy baby. However in 1882, she caught what was then called “brain fever.” It was probably either scarlet fever or meningitis. Up until then Helen had been a very precocious child; for example, she began to talk at just six months of age. However, the illness was very serious and robbed of her sight and hearing at about 19 months old. Helen became very angry and confused, and she began to act out in disturbing ways. She threw violent tantrums. Mealtime was a dreadful time because she would get down from her chair and steal food right from the plates of others. Unfortunately, her parents were at at loss as to what to do to help her. Her father wrote a letter to the Perkins Institute for the Blind pleading for help. Soon, an angel named Annie Sullivan arrived.
At first, Annie took complete charge of her, tackling her inappropriate social behaviors first. Annie soon began to spell words, but how would teach Helen the meaning of these words? One day, they were at the water pump. Annie kept spelling W-A-T-E-R into her hand until the light bulb went off in Helen’s head! W-A-T-E-R was the wet liquid flowing on her hands. This led to countless other breakthroughs! She certainly had not lost her precociousness; Helen was very quick and curious to learn.
This is my favorite quote from Helen Keller.
Helen stayed close to Annie until Annie’s passing in 1936.
LOL, I had to edit this because I used too many syllables!
I am so sorry
that I might cause a slight bit
of your discomfort.
A tired Mom I was,
with a brand new babe because
God blessed us with her.
My reply to Haiku Challenge:
Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 304: Might&Slight
Baton Rouge, red stick,
Quite a trick to catch baton
Clumsy hands had I.
photo from Google
In response to
Oh, how they have grown in 15 weeks.
In response to AWWWW Mondays Comedy Plus https://wordpress.com/read/blogs/141556512/posts/26980
A poem Mom wrote for my 8 year old brother How old was I, 19 years old!
This was my brother @ 1 month old. I was nodding off in the background; however, I couldn’t wait to get home from from 6th grade to give him his mid-afternoon feeding!!! Wasn’t our mom beautiful?
His jacket as a little 1:
Glen and Hope
Glen & Hope & Reyanna
Glen & Kristie, my daughter in 2011
Glen Kristie & me me visiting her @ burn unit in Seattle. Glen flew in California
Our Vow renewal – 2012 = Las Vegas
Glen & I – Las Vegas!
Glen’s Wedding – Las Vegas – 2012
Glen has always been there when I needed him the most! Glen and TJ, his wife.
Family, with our Grandma, Christmas 2015
Glen & Grandma
Glen’s always been there for Kristie and me, especially after our husband/Dad passed last year! Calif. 2019
In response to Thankful Thursdays from Comedy Plus
Some of my Dear Family Members
I am thankful for having my wonderful Grandpa in my life for almost 21 years.
I am thankful for my parents, for the love they gave me for 45 and 47 years respectively.
I am thankful for the love of this man for 34 years, the rest of his days.
I thank God for the wonderful baby Kristie we were blessed with:
I am thankful for the special cousin still with me today
Just a few of the 4 legged kids that have blessed my life:
I have lost a great deal by now, but each of these people and critters have brought me more joy and love than I deserve to be blessed with!
A few Special Places and Memories to Me:
Becky and me @ Palomar Mt. about 1997
My 23rd wedding anniversary
My brother’s wedding & our vow renewal in Las Vegas in 2012
2014 – Our Wheelchair train. I was driving my hubby around town and I loved it!
I have had many memories @ Oceanside beach and pier.
Last but not Least @ ALL, My Creator
Was it an odd bird?
My Cat was eyeing a Bat!
Maybe a strange mouse?
In response to:
Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge CCCII: Bat&Cat