To the information provided by the previous educator, I would add the following to the character sketch of Helen Keller's parents. First of all, her parents were extremely loving towards Helen and doted on her. Helen describes her father, for instance, as being "indulgent" and "devoted to his home." He never left the family, except to hunt. Helen speaks with equal fondness about her mother. In fact, she says that her mother is "so dear" to her that it is almost impossible to express it adequately.
In addition, Helen's parents were extremely supportive of her educational pursuits. They were "deeply grieved and perplexed," for example, when they were unable to find a school for deaf-blind children that was close to the family homestead. In response, Helen's parents took her to Baltimore to see an "oculist" in the hope that something might be done for her eyes. But they did not give up hope and continued to fight for Helen's right to be educated. This led them to Anne Sullivan, the woman who would play a pivotal role in Helen's life and development.