TO BE TOUCHED
Of all the artwork and statues
on display at the U.S. Capitol,
there's one rule visitors are reminded of
throughout the tour . . .
"Do Not Touch!"
Throughout the National Statuary Hall
collection . . . all the famous figures,
whether marble or bronze . . .
there's no touching or human contact,
with one exception . . .
You're welcome to touch the bronze statue
of Helen Keller.
In 2009, a statue of Helen Keller was added
inside the Capitol Visitors Center.
Here is Helen, age 7, blind and deaf,
standing at a water pump
at the moment when she understood
her first word . . . W-A-T-E-R . . .
as signed into her hand by teacher, Anne Sullivan.
Helen Keller went on to become an important
scholar and social contributor to the cause
of women, especially the disabled.
It is fitting that this one statue should be touched by all.