Keller’s recognition a great symbol

Published 9:57 pm Tuesday, July 28, 2009

The lady whose likeness is emblazoned on the state of Alabama quarter overcame obstacles many cannot dream of.

Now she is getting her due with her 7-year-old likeness to be cast in bronze and unveiled at the U.S. Capitol on Oct. 7.

Not bad for Helen Keller, a native of Tuscumbia who lost her sight and hearing abilities after a bout with meningitis when she was 2.

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At an age where most children have not learned to string words together, she was thrust into a world where she could not see or hear, a world of perpetual darkness and silence.

She overcame her difficulties to become a world-renowned author, lecturer and activist for the disabled.

Keller’s struggles don’t just preach that obstacles can be overcome. They offer demonstrative, absolute proof.

They also remind us that, no matter how tough we believe things are for us, there is someone worse off.

A girl from 1880s Alabama that overcame the loss of sight and sound that struck her will be memorialized in our nation’s capital.

What is stopping any of us from overcoming our own obstacles?