The Journey

The Journey

The Journey

The Journey

Excerpt

I had been reading a long time. On this day I awoke early. I went down to my workroom, taking a cup of coffee with me. And sitting by the window which looks out on the mountain, I picked up a small book. It was written a hundred years ago by a British surgeon, Dr. W. J. Little. The first book in English on cerebral palsy though that name was not used then. No one knew what to call this trouble which twists into such cruel shapes the muscles and lives of little children. It was still a mystery and we do not like to give names to our mysteries.

I had happened upon the book by chance, and read a few chapters hardly knowing why I read them. Becoming more absorbed as I turned the pages. Laying the book down to wonder at this man who dared explore an unknown--and in those days, almost taboo--area of human misery. Because he was concerned about children, one day his mind was illuminated. He thought, Something can be done for them . That magic phrase! Why is it that a thousand of us, ten million, maybe, will not think it and then one day it is said aloud by someone and suddenly a life is changed, a town, a period of history.

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