“I wanted to teach you everything the earth is full of, Helen. Everything on it is ours for a wink, and it’s gone. And what we are on it–the light we bring to it in words . . . We can see 5000 years back in the light of words. Everything we feel, think, know, and share in words, so not a soul is in darkness or done with even in the grave. But I know . . . I know one word and I can put the world in your hand. And whatever it is to me, I won’t take less. But how?” ~ Annie Sullivan thinking out loud, shortly before Helen Keller’s breakthrough.
This weekend we watched the old black-and-white version of The Miracle Worker, with Patty Duke as Helen Keller and Anne Bancroft as Annie Sullivan. Truly remarkable.
This concept of “the light of words” is going to haunt me. I can feel it.
Great movie. See it. Or, if you have already, see it again.