Anne Sullivan

Sullivan, Anne

Johanna “Anne” Mansfield Sullivan Macy a.k.a. Anne Sullivan was a strong woman for her times.  She had a very rough life in the beginning and not letting that define her is amazing to me.

Anne Sullivan was the teacher who was able to succeed in finding ways to teach Helen Keller, a deaf, dumb and blind child who was having fits of rage out of frustration.  Keller’s parents were at the end of their rope and turned to a school for the blind for assistance.  The director of the school thought of young Anne Sullivan, just age 20 at the time and mentioned it to her.  Anne left immediately to help the child.  So began their 49 year relationship.

This young woman was able to do something remarkable.  Something so selfless as to devote her entire life to helping another woman.  I am in awe of this.  She survived a rough beginning and became a remarkable human being.  Yet the focus on Anne Sullivan is no where near the level of attention spent on Helen Keller’s achievements.  I find this sad as the success of Helen Keller was based solely on the accomplishments of Anne Sullivan.  Truly an amazing person!

AnneS_4photo courtesy of Perkins Museum

Here are a few links with more information on Anne Sullivan.  I hope you enjoy reading about the strength and talent of this woman as much as I did.

National Women’s Hall of Fame

Wikipedia Anne Sullivan

Perkins Museum

How it should be

mom

I try to keep my posts short and will do my best here.  This is my mother.  She is 71 years old.  She has always been a very independent woman carrying on the legacy of most of the women on her side of our family.  This picture was taken yesterday, June 6th, in the Erie Canal.

I am sure some of you remember the song about the Erie Canal.  We are lucky enough to live very close to it and are able to take our boat on it and kayak.  It’s always a great time!!

My father passed away in 2002 from cancer.  A few years later my mother’s best friends husband passed away also from cancer.  Rosie is also 71 years old.  These two women are crazy together and keep us on our toes.  This winter they decided to take off and live like gypsies visiting friends along the East Coast driving from Buffalo to Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia and all over Florida.  They had no reservations, picked places to stay along the way, bought food to eat in the car and visited all of their friends and relatives.  They were gone for 3 months and spent less money than it would have cost our family of 4 to fly and stay somewhere for a week!!

They kayak almost every day in the summer in the early morning.  These pictures were from yesterday along the Erie Canal and the Ellicott Creek.  They loaded their kayaks onto their cars and off they went.

car

driving off the Island to the Erie Canal (mom)

rosie

Mom’s friend Rosie

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cruising along

lunch

stopping along the way for lunch (they had an apple, banana, and blue chips lol)

going in

Rosie launching

Erie Canal

Where the two canals meet

Can’t imagine where I get my independence and determination from 🙂