Monday, July 10, 2006

w-a-t-e-r...















Photo by - Endevourme

Extracted from "The Story Of My Life", autobigraphy of Helen Keller. She was blind,deaf and dumb and movie BLACK is inspired from her...

One day, while I was playing with my new doll, Miss Sullivan put my big rag doll into my lap also, spelled "d-o-l-l" and tried to make me understand that "d-o-l-l" applied to both. Earlier in the day we had had a tussle over the words "m-u-g" and "w-a-t-e-r." Miss Sullivan had tried to impress it upon me that "m-u-g" is mug and that "w-a-t-e-r" is water, but I persisted in confounding the two. In despair she had dropped the subject for the time, only to renew it at the first opportunity. I became impatient at her repeated attempts and, seizing the new doll, I dashed it upon the floor. I was keenly delighted when I felt the fragments of the broken doll at my feet.Neither sorrow nor regret followed my passionate outburst. I had not loved the doll. In the still,dark world in which I lived there was no strong sentiment or tenderness. I felt my teacher sweep the fragments to one side of the hearth, and I had a sense of satisfaction that the cause of my discomfort was removed.
She brought me my hat, and I knew I was going out into the warm sunshine. This thought, if a wordless sensation may be called a thought, made me hop and skip with pleasure.We walked down the path to the well-house, attracted by the fragrance of the honeysuckle with which it was covered. Some one was drawing water and my teacher placed my hand under the spout. As the cool stream gushed over one hand she spelled into the other the word water, first slowly, then rapidly. I stood still, my whole attention fixed upon the motions of her fingers.Suddenly I felt a misty consciousness as of something forgotten--a thrill of returning thought; and somehow the mystery of language was revealed to me. I knew then that "w-a-t-e-r" meant the wonderful cool something that was flowing over my hand. That living word awakened my soul,gave it light, hope, joy, set it free! There were barriers still, it is true, but barriers that could intime be swept away.
I left the well-house eager to learn. Everything had a name, and each name gave birth to a new thought. As we returned to the house every object which I touched seemed to quiver with life. That was because I saw everything with the strange, new sight that had come to me. On entering the door I remembered the doll I had broken. I felt my way to the hearth and picked up the pieces.I tried vainly to put them together. Then my eyes filled with tears; for I realized what I had done,and for the first time I felt repentance and sorrow.

35 comments:

endevourme said...

you can read complete autobiography here-
http://www.cherylrainfield.com/Story-of-My-Life.pdf

the photo i took in my native, near my house...
i dont know name of the bird, but they are sweet and they make some good sounds as well :-)

chitra said...

She is a lady who is an insppiration to many of us. Even though we are fully abled, we suffer from many handicaps!
We all should look up to her and allow space for the differently abled person. We should look at their capablities and not their handicaps.

endevourme said...

#chitra,
thank you da,
/-Even though we are fully abled, we suffer from many handicaps!
so true! and u should read the entire book, its too good...

Rose said...

Oh ! I literaly had goose bumps..

And abt the telepathy thing.. Hmmm... ?

;)

..Me

Rose said...

BTW..

Incredible photograph.. Why dont u start a new blog for ur photographs alone.. I dnt knw much abt photography, but I find ur pix simply A-M-A-Z-ing..

:)

..Me

chitra said...

I had read it as a kid. Thanks, I wd love to read again!and i shall do so!

endevourme said...

#rose
he he...this itself is my photoblog naa...
i am afraid nobody will see my pics if i do a seperate photoblog,
so i post them here and scribble something so that people will come here and see ;-)
telepathy...oooooooh

#chitra
the e-book is really good, and its small too :-) do read...

Sujit said...

Its an inspirational autobiography..! filled with hope and looking at things differently.

starry nights said...

she surely was an inspiration to all.I think most disabled people like to be treated as normal as possible.giving them a chance to be like the others.

endevourme said...

#sujit
thank you so much :-)
its inspiration even for 'abled' people...

#starry nights
thank you so much :-)
yes they should be given a chance to strive
against difficulties and live a life like others..

Sujit said...

yeah, for almost everyone!..

endevourme said...

#sujit
when i read it for the first time, i was really moved,
cant imagine life without seeing,listening,talking!

Rose said...

Oooooooh... so thats ur trick? ;) Very intelligent..

Im perfectly fine.. But im literaly quivering with anger for what happened..

Thanks a ton for ur concern.. :)

..Me

endevourme said...

#rose
thank u for replying back :-)
i am relieved...
he he thats my trick, dont tell anyone ha?

take care

Has to be me said...

Im short of words after reading this. so touchy & inspiring too.

endevourme said...

#has to be me,
thank you :-)
i felt the same...

Sujit said...

end*: Actually, I though of writing a stroy.. but instead of 1 person blind, dum and deaf!.. 3 people, each with diffenrent disability!.. comeup to stand together!..

Kuan Gung said...

Incredible...thank you

endevourme said...

#sujit
hey i have seen a theater play like what you said :-)
its title is 'all the best', and its WONDERFULL!

you too give a try naa...
to write this, u have to actually imagine urself being blind,deaf,dumb...

btw i read the NRI post :D!!

#kuan gung
thank you so much :-)
keep coming.

Sujit said...

oh! you read?.. hmm.. well it was something revovling in mind past few days!... are you in blr next month?.. planning to come but still not decided yet!..

endevourme said...

#sujit
oops!
i am here of course :-)
pls do mail me in advance...

Sujit said...

oh! yeah surly!.. if things go pretty well!.. hope your e-mail works unlike chitra's :p..

endevourme said...

#sujit
ha ha..
it works :-)

Sujit said...

good.. so you carry out frequent service... on the mailbox..?.. that it always works .. :p..

ketki said...

beautiful pic!!!
and yes the post too is nice!

Rose said...

Haha..

Pssst.. ~in a hushed voice~ Thats our little secret..

:D

..Me

Sujit said...

any adventures over week end man?

endevourme said...

#ketki
thank you so much for liking the pic, and the post too :-)

#rose
sssssshhhh...... :-)

#sujit
nothing special, everything as usual :-)

Sujit said...

as usual?... for us usual is to make night out on friday.. watching movies.. and then sleep for next 2 days.. is it same ?.... hehehe

endevourme said...

#sujit
sleep...sleep...sleep...

Sujit said...

great!.. man you are next to kumbakarna..hehe

Aditi said...

Beautiful picture

endevourme said...

#sujit
ya really :D!

#aditi
thank you!

nirmala said...

Beautiful n cute pic of bird.i keep my camera always vt me to capture ths birds visiting my patio...thr is lil bird house.......its difficult to capture them sometimes:-(
..and very gud post too...its always inspiring to know abt such ppl..how they cope up vt life to go on...

endevourme said...

#nirmala
this birdie came when i was sitting outside our house,
maybe i was drinking juice or something.
my house is outside city and lot of different different birds come there,
sometimes i see kingfisher too! oh my god, it looks so beautiful :-)