Helen Keller, whether inflicted by her illness or not, had a strong personality and a very active mind. She would not be content unless involved in everyday life. Although confusion often accompanied her days and she could not understand why her efforts at communicating never had the desired result, she involved herself as much as she could.
At the age of five years old, Helen was already helping with the folding of the laundry and could distinguish her own clothes. She fed the turkeys, helped with baking and milked the cows but these were more to keep her out of mischief than being actual chores. Involvement was, however crucial to Helen and the way others treated her and allowed her to experience all these things actively contributed to her development.