Once I knew only darkness and stillness… my life was without past or future… but a little word from the fingers of another fell into my hand that clutched at emptiness, and my heart leaped to the rapture of living.
Happy Sunday SK fans!
On this day in 1964 Helen Keller was among the recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Our dear Helen is pictured above with President John F. Kennedy. She is on the right with the beautiful smile. However the medal, one of the highest Civilian honors, was presented by President Lyndon Johnson.
Interesting Alcott fact regarding Helen Keller. Franklin Sanborn, a staunch abolitionist, social reformer, frequent visitor of my childhood home, as well as a mentor and employer of Louisa May Alcott, (that’s me!!) discovered Annie Sullivan.
He plucked Annie Sullivan from the dredges of Tewksbury State Saniturium, where she was placed as a seriously near-sighted orphan. He brought her to Perkins School for the Blind, and helped fund an operation which restored most of her sight. Annie Sullivan went on to help Helen Keller overcome her blindness and deafness and become one of the most extraordinary and inspiring individuals of all time.
Thank you for tuning in today, xo LMA