Laura and I both have fond memories of reading and re-reading the book The Story of Helen Keller when we were girls. I vividly remember the line-drawings and the sign language chart in the back of the book. Now we're sharing the same tattered copy with our boys. When we learned that Helen Keller's birthplace, Ivy Green, was just a few minutes from Florence, we decided to visit. The home still contains most of the original furnishings as well as many books, artifacts and news clippings about Helen's life.
Ivy Green is a charming house with beautiful grounds and we delighted in the sweet little cottage where Helen was born. I hadn't really spend much time as an adult considering Helen's life or accomplishments, and it was moving to consider anew the challenges she overcame.