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  • Q - “What’s Helen Keller’s favorite color?”
    A - “Corduroy.”

    Q – “How did Helen Keller burn her face?”
    A – “She answered the iron.”

    The weird thing is that Helen Keller herself might have enjoyed these jokes. She was a woman with so little guile and so much heart that she would have understood the need to defuse her apparently nightmarish existence with humor. The truth is, Keller herself found nothing terrifying about her condition.

    "Everything has its wonders, even darkness and silence,” she said, “and I learn whatever state I am in, therein to be content."

    At the age of 19 months, a fever invaded Helen Keller’s brain and body. She lost her sight; she lost her speech. But a bodhisattva's spirit radiated through her darkened eyes. The Alabama-born “cripple” became an author and a Socialist, a world traveler, an advocate for womens’ voting rights, an organizer and passionate anti-war activist. Helen Keller was the world's most unlikely revolutionary. She spent only a small part of her childhood overcoming her own suffering. For the remainder of her 87 years, she addressed the suffering of others.

    Anne Sullivan (herself nearly blind) met Helen Keller when the “Miracle Worker” was 20 years old. They were companions for nearly 50 years—until Sullivan died at the age of 69.

    Who can deny that both women were bodhisattvas, merged in a relationship so symbiotic that we would never know of one if not for the other?
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