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

Heavy Heart

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The time has come and if you are an animal lover you know this time is inevitable.  Regardless, it tears you apart inside and tests your strength.  Tomorrow we will say goodbye to our beloved Riley.  We have had 14 1/2 years of love and devotion with him and it’s time to let him go with dignity and no suffering.  It’s times like these that make me realize I am not as strong as I think I am.  But for all he’s given to us, I will give him all that I have so he’s at peace and not afraid.  We have a wonderful service here called Laps of Love and they will come right to the house so he can be comfortable in his own home surrounded by our love.