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From the Ted Talk "Kitra Cahana: My father, locked in his body but soaring free"

Unscramble the Blue Letters

I slept by my father's side for the first four months, tending as much as I could to his every discomfort, understanding the deep human psychological fear of not being able to call out for help. My mother, sisters, brother and I, we resrnududo him in a cocoon of healing. We became his mouthpiece, spending rhsuo each day reciting the alphabet as he ewdprseih back sermons and tpreoy with blinks of his eye. His room, it became our temple of healing. His bedside became a site for those seeking advice and spiritual counsel, and through us, my father was able to speak and uplift, letter by eetltr, blink by blink. Everything in our wlrod became slow and tender as the din, drama and death of the hospital rawd faded into the background. I want to read to you one of the first things that we rantisrdceb in the week following the stroke. He composed a letter, addressing his synagogue congregation, and ended it with the following lines: "When my nape exploded, I entered another dimension: inchoate, sub-planetary, aootrnzpo. ievnsseru are opened and closed continually. There are many when low, who psot growing. Last ekew, I was brought so low, but I felt the hand of my father around me, and my father brought me back."

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I slept by my father's side for the first four months, tending as much as I could to his every discomfort, understanding the deep human psychological fear of not being able to call out for help. My mother, sisters, brother and I, we __________ him in a cocoon of healing. We became his mouthpiece, spending _____ each day reciting the alphabet as he _________ back sermons and ______ with blinks of his eye. His room, it became our temple of healing. His bedside became a site for those seeking advice and spiritual counsel, and through us, my father was able to speak and uplift, letter by ______, blink by blink. Everything in our _____ became slow and tender as the din, drama and death of the hospital ____ faded into the background. I want to read to you one of the first things that we ___________ in the week following the stroke. He composed a letter, addressing his synagogue congregation, and ended it with the following lines: "When my nape exploded, I entered another dimension: inchoate, sub-planetary, _________. _________ are opened and closed continually. There are many when low, who ____ growing. Last ____, I was brought so low, but I felt the hand of my father around me, and my father brought me back."

Solution

  1. whispered
  2. week
  3. world
  4. surrounded
  5. stop
  6. poetry
  7. hours
  8. transcribed
  9. letter
  10. protozoan
  11. universes
  12. ward

Original Text

I slept by my father's side for the first four months, tending as much as I could to his every discomfort, understanding the deep human psychological fear of not being able to call out for help. My mother, sisters, brother and I, we surrounded him in a cocoon of healing. We became his mouthpiece, spending hours each day reciting the alphabet as he whispered back sermons and poetry with blinks of his eye. His room, it became our temple of healing. His bedside became a site for those seeking advice and spiritual counsel, and through us, my father was able to speak and uplift, letter by letter, blink by blink. Everything in our world became slow and tender as the din, drama and death of the hospital ward faded into the background. I want to read to you one of the first things that we transcribed in the week following the stroke. He composed a letter, addressing his synagogue congregation, and ended it with the following lines: "When my nape exploded, I entered another dimension: inchoate, sub-planetary, protozoan. Universes are opened and closed continually. There are many when low, who stop growing. Last week, I was brought so low, but I felt the hand of my father around me, and my father brought me back."

Important Words

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  3. alphabet
  4. background
  5. bedside
  6. blink
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  8. brother
  9. brought
  10. call
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  12. cocoon
  13. composed
  14. congregation
  15. continually
  16. counsel
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  22. drama
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  24. entered
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  26. eye
  27. faded
  28. father
  29. fear
  30. felt
  31. growing
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  33. healing
  34. hospital
  35. hours
  36. human
  37. inchoate
  38. letter
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  40. mother
  41. mouthpiece
  42. nape
  43. opened
  44. poetry
  45. protozoan
  46. psychological
  47. read
  48. reciting
  49. room
  50. seeking
  51. sermons
  52. side
  53. sisters
  54. site
  55. slept
  56. slow
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  60. stop
  61. stroke
  62. surrounded
  63. synagogue
  64. temple
  65. tender
  66. tending
  67. transcribed
  68. understanding
  69. universes
  70. uplift
  71. ward
  72. week
  73. whispered
  74. world