Silent night, holy night...
It’s an iconic Christmas song ---"silent night" sang by a woman whose world is in darkness every day.
But being blind has served as a motivation for Carrie Hooper.
Well I started taking piano lessons when I was four years old and then when I was fifteen I started taking voice lessons.
So I love music, it’s an important part of my life.
Carrie is a language professor here at Elmira College in New York State.
From very early on her life she faced tremendous challenges.
So when I was eight days old I had to have an operation to remove part of a lung and then I had to lie an incubator for three months and I got too much oxygen and this caused my blindness because it scarred my retinas.
There are accommodations for Carrie where she teaches, a special Braille typewriter she uses for work and for her poetry.
And I started writing poems in Albania after I had learned enough of the language.
Because I wanted to take on the challenge of expressing myself in a completely different language and in a way it gave me more confidence to write more poetry in English.
"The first snow" The first snow is falling.
The trees and streets are wrapped in a soft blanket of pure white.
Carrie knows she’s been fortunate and afforded a lot of opportunities that many other blind people don’t have.
But she doesn’t see her blindness is something that makes her any more special than people who are sighted.
You know we’re not more courageous or more brave or more inspirational.
We’re just people trying to do our best to adapt to our situations.
This is all a question of adaptation, it’s a question of survival.
Round your virgin mother...
A better settle for survival made that much easier for carry.
One song and one poem at a time.
Sleeping in heavenly peace,Sleeping in heavenly peace
From VOA news Laura Condat, Elmira, New York.
纽约州埃尔迈拉，美国之音。 Laura Condat报道。