How does Helen Keller describe the day she met her teacher in The Story of My Life?

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The day Helen Keller met her teacher Anne Sullivan was the most important day of her life because she learned how to talk, listen, read and write.

Helen Keller met Anne Sullivan when she was six years old, three months before her seventh birthday.

The most important day I remember in all my life is the one on which my teacher, Anne Mansfield Sullivan, came to me. I am filled with wonder when I consider the immeasurable contrasts between the two lives which it connects. (ch 4)

Helen could tell from the flurry of activity in the house that “something unusual was about to happen.”  Helen held out her hand, and instead of her mother taking it, someone else did.  That turned out to be Anne Sullivan, her new teacher.  Anne embraced her.

Anne gave Helen a doll, and after she had played with it for awhile she spelled the sign language for doll into her hand. Helen enjoyed and copied the motion, even though she did not understand that she was spelling words.

As we read Helen's description of her six year old self, we see how angry and pitiful she was.  At the same time, we can tell how passionate and grateful she is for Anne Sullivan's intervention, and how Anne changed her life.

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The Story of My Life

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