Three Days To See

Three Days to See

This short story deals with how people take advantage

of having the privileges to see, hear, and speak. Some

people, unfortunately, are blind, deaf, and mute. These

unfortunate people take more time to appreciate life and

the wonders it has to offer. The author, Helen Keller, is

one such person who is blind, deaf, and mute. She believes

strongly that people, who are fortunate to have such senses,

take life for granted. She also believes strongly in living

life to the fullest, meaning, accomplish what you can today

instead of leaving it for tomorrow.

An example from the story of how people take life for

granted is when one says, “I know that I will die one day,

but it will not happen for a long time.” This is when

reality strikes. Death comes in many ways, the worst is

when it is unsuspected and surprising. One can die at any

moment, no matter how healthy or in what physical shape he

is in. Building on that idea, Helen came across many

instances relating to the previous one mentioned. She had

asked her friend what she had seen after taking a walk

through the woods, and her friend replied, “Nothing in

particular.” This is also a perfect example of how people

with the gift and ability to see, take it for granted.

As stated before, Helen also believed in living life to

the fullest. She believed in taking risks, and exploring

new areas and wonders, for one does not know when his life

will end. A perfect phrase for her would be “Carpe Diam”,

meaning seize the day. She states how people, since they

are in great health, believe that death will arrive to them

slowly. The question that arouses them when the end comes

is, “Did I accomplish everything I could in my life on


Helen Keller’s dream was to have the ability to see for

three days. She dreamed about looking into her trustworthy

dog’s eyes, seeing an innocent baby’s face, objects in her

home, taking long walks in the forest, watching sunsets and

sunrises, and visiting museums, such as the New York Museum

of Natural History. Helen Keller would really appreciate

everything in life, including the smallest of things, such

as insects or flowers we ignore everyday. Hearing and

reading about what she wanted to see, makes people think if

they have appreciated all those things she mentioned.

The ability to hear, speak, and see are gifts from God,

and should not be taken granted for. Many people, including

ourselves, take these gifts from God for granted. After

reading this short story, and the experiences of this

brilliant person, one may change his way in life, and really

learn to appreciate what he has. This story has a very

strong message, and puts the question in people’s minds,

“Have I or will I appreciate what gifts I have, and do I

think of those who are not as fortunate as me to have all 5


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