The Gift of Sight

Have you ever read Helen Keller's comment on a girl who had just taken a walk in the woods, who in answer to Helen's question, "What did you observe?" replied, "Nothing in particular".
"How is it possible," Helen asked herself, "to walk for an hour through the woods and see nothing worthy of note? I, who cannot see, find hundreds of things to interest me through mere touch.

"I feel the delicate symmetry of a leaf. I pass my hands lovingly about the smooth skin of a silver birch, or the rough shaggy bark of a pine. In the spring I touch the branches of trees hopefully in search of a bud, the first sign of awakening Nature after her winter's sleep. Occasionally, if I am very fortunate, I place my hand gently on a small tree and feel the happy quiver of a bird in full song.

"At times my heart cries out with longing to see all these things with physical eyes, but if I can get so much pleasure from mere touch, how much more beauty must be revealed by sight. And I have imagined what I should most like to see if I were granted the use of my eyes - even for just three days!"
- quoted by President David O. McKay
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