Liu Fang, a blind teacher: Helen Keller in the mountains of China

For ten years, she went from light to darkness.

It is said that the person who is blind the day after tomorrow is the most painful, but she not only was not swallowed by the darkness, but with a warm heart illuminated countless people around.

Why are there so many extraordinary stories in her ordinary life?

Her name is Liu Fang, a female teacher in Guizhou Rural Middle School, known as Helen Keller in the mountains of China.

seize Light in Darkness

In 2007, a fate judgment fell from the sky, doctors said Liu Fang’s eye disease called retinitis pigmentosa, the incidence of only 1/1000000. She was 26 years old and had just worked for four years in No.3 Middle School in Baiyun District, Guiyang. She married someone in love, and her 8-month-old son was babbling in swaddling clothes.

Liu Fang’s vision is getting narrower every day, and his vision is getting blurred year by year.

In 2001, she read the last paper book, The Smiling、Proud Wanderer.

In 2006, the last two words she saw were the “language” on the cover of the textbook.

In 2007, she was completely surrounded by darkness.

But many people who first meet Liu Fang do not believe that they are blind.

At home, she sweeps the floor, wash clothes, pour boiling water, make coffee, cook vegetables, exercise on the treadmill, and she is almost as skilled as anyone else. With the help of blind software, she texted faster than many other people. At school, she can approach 100 meters alone, go down two floors, turn around 5 bends, and easily find a public toilet.

Few people understand how she survived over the years.

At the beginning of 2008, when the snow disaster, the district water outage, she was carrying a bucket, groping for the next 6 floor to carry water. A giant lump of ice was crumbling over her head. It was freezing and cold. She slipped one step at a time. Finally, she was so tired that she fainted to the ground.

I don’t know how many times she tripped, knocked down, hit the wall, burned out blisters, touched the cup, and now she’s still covered in bruises on her shank. Desperate, depressed, discouraged, she thought about giving up. But on second thought, again relieved: “crying is also a day, smile is also a day.” If you can’t change your life, change your attitude. ”

When she was advised to fall ill or rest, she declined: “then my life will really end.”

If a blind man wants to stay on the podium, it will undoubtedly take more than a few times as much effort as the average person.

She sometimes writes askew and sometimes overlaps together. Once, did not pay attention to the edge of the platform, a foot empty, fell on the trash can. The student ran to help her and said, “the last two words have been written on the wall.”

Eyes sink into darkness, only the heart can grasp the light.

When she was not completely blind, the students once found that Miss Liu had taken her textbook upside down and kept talking, so she knew that she was not reading at all, but reciting the text.

In order to teach a good book, Liu Fang learned all of the three years of junior high school classical Chinese, other key points, difficulties also remember one by one, a few large thick handout all packed in the heart. Eyesight is getting worse and worse, but the lesson is getting more and more wonderful.

Speaking, learning, teasing, singing, she almost became a crosstalk actor, the classroom filled with laughter and laughter. “the eyes are not good, the class must be vivid, can attract dozens of eyes to me here.”

She corrected her composition with her ears. The students read aloud, and she and the class immediately commented on it. Listening, speaking, reading and writing, many kinds of training at the same time, than unidirectional teacher evaluation effect is better.

In her vision constant decline, her class scores not only did not retreat, but taught two language subjects in the first place, in Baiyun three has not been surpassed.

Students are becoming more and more fond of her. Heard that she may no longer be the head teacher, the students ran to ask the principal, crying said: “must leave Miss Liu ah!” After graduation, they took their younger brother and sister to Liu Fang’s hands and called them into her class.

Open a Heart door

Due to the serious impact of visual acuity, Liu Fang accepted the school arrangement from 2008, as a psychological guidance teacher for students, “leading the way” for students. It is rare for a blind person to be comforted by a blind person.

One day in 2009, Zhang Yujia, a young teacher, turned to Liu Fang for help, her voice shaking: “there is a girl in our class who wants to kill herself.”

To find the girl Liu Fang reached out and touched the thick gauze on her slender wrist. The normally quiet little girl came from a reorganized family, and she felt she was a superfluous person.

Liu Fang covered her eyes with a piece of cloth and said, “just follow me all day and try how I live.”

A day later, Liu Fang asked, “is it easy?”

“not easy.”

“I live like this every day. I can live well, you have eyes, beautiful and lovely, you can live a better life than me, why give up on themselves? ”

The girl’s tears fell on Liu Fang’s hands.

Liu Fang visited the girl’s house again. She could not see the road, but she could only let Zhang Yujia lead her. When it was dark, they drove for more than an hour, walked through the narrow country path and counted the poles before they found the remote village.

Liu Fang told parents that their children are not short of anything, what they lack is a little love. She took her mother’s hand to the scar of her daughter’s wrist and said, “Don’t you love her?”

“Love.” Simple peasant women have never exposed their feelings in life, and when the word “love” was exported, the dust-laden heart door finally opened, mother and daughter hugged together and cried.

At that time, the psychological guidance of rural schools in Guizhou is basically blank. Baiyun third Middle School is located in the urban and rural areas, adolescence and social transformation intertwined, more than 1,000 students with psychological problems.

Liu Fang summed up his work in four words-listening with love.

In her “growth portfolio”, students crammed into various notes and confided “secrets” that they did not want to tell to Liu Fang-“I can’t hold back my good feelings about her.” My heart always floats up and down, and I don’t know what to do. ” Or, “Today, my favorite grandmother died. I wanted to be strong, but I couldn’t stop my tears.” And, “now my parents are very kind to me, but as I grow older, I suddenly want to go back to my biological parents.”

Students from rural areas and migrant workers from the Baiyun third Middle School, a lot of poor students. Liu Fang always does more to poor children.

Not long ago, on Teachers’ Day, Yuan Fengmei, who had graduated from university and became a teacher, sent a text message: “Liu Ma, thank you for appearing in your fate.”

When she was in the third year of school, Yuan Fengmei’s father died, and Liu Fang took care of her as a daughter. Yuan Fengmei recalled: “when I was the most difficult, Liu Ma was always around.” She seldom touched my grief, and contained me like the sun. ”

Before the middle school test, Liu Fang hugs Yuan Fengmei to ask: “is there any problem?”

“you have to trust your daughter.” Yuan Fengmei said, “you can’t see your eyes, and you have taught us so well.” Why should I not learn well? ”

That bit by bit of love, in the children’s hearts left a long time warm.

Love and Power

Liu Fang saw the face of his son, Niu, for the last time. He was only seven or eight years old, and now he is in college. For more than a decade, every memory of my son has been accompanied by sweetness and stinging pain.

Only 3 years old, A Niu will say: “the mother does not hold, the baby walks by itself.” At that time in the Baiyun area, people often see this scene: a small child holding her mother’s hand, left and right looking over the zebra crossing. When he had a car, he said, “Mom, don’t move.” Can pass, shout: “Mom run!”

Liu Fang’s husband works outside all the year round. In the years before his mother moved in, Liu Fang took care of his children alone. Children who are honed and precocious have a deeper love for their mothers.

“my mother was a very ordinary person, but she did something extraordinary.” In the composition of elementary school, Aniu wrote, “her eyes see the world is dark, but her heart will shine everywhere.”

Since Liu Fang insisted on standing on the platform, on the continuous criticism: “A blind person, what books still teach ah?” But she has a stubborn self-esteem-the more pressure, the more straight! And from the side of love and support, is her source of strength.

Many colleagues have been Liu Fang’s “secretary”, help her print materials, collate teaching plans, lead her to dinner, shopping, chat. The students scrambled to help her, lead her to the podium, and put chalk and black eraser in a fixed position so that she could reach for it as soon as she reached for it.

Her kindness, optimism and strength also infected everyone around her. A colleague’s daughter had an operation and there was not enough plasma. She was the first to sign up for blood donation. The whole school knows her passbook password, and anyone who needs it can borrow it.

“Liu Fang gives us a lot of strength.” My colleague, Mao Yanhong, said, “she lives in earnest. What reason do we have to be casual?”

Liu Fang loves reading. Even after she became blind, she used to go to bookstores. Open a book, bury your face in it, take a deep breath, and when the ink perfects your chest, it seems to fly out, encircling her like a firefly, making her intoxicated.

She wrote her first poem in the fifth grade and later published some small works in the press. When the computer installed software for the blind, it became her greatest pleasure to often knock on something. Amazingly, she has completed two novels, one in 170000 words, the other in 280000 words, one of which has been published.

More than 80% of the “pomegranate green”, which lasted for eight months, was true-a group of “post-70s” young teachers stuck to the joys and sorrows and joys and sorrows of the western countryside. The book is brightly colored and humorous, and many subtle observations are sharper than other writers.

In the preface to the novel, she writes a sentence: “A river is a river when it is running on the ground, or a river when it flows underground, and finally they all run to the sea, where their souls are equal.” (Xinhua News Agency reporter Li Keyong Li Chunhui)

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