Sylvia Lou Palmer Lee was born in 1940 in the Pleasant Valley area of Cherokee County NC. She weighed 1lb 4oz and her twin sister weighed 2lb 6oz. Her sister was born blue and died 4 days later. Seems little Sylvia, although the smallest, was a fighter. Her father, an electrician, fashioned a homemade incubator from a wooden radio box and a string of Christmas lights to aid in Sylvia's survival. They fed her with an eye dropper.
I recently had the opportunity to sit on Sylvia's peaceful porch amidst the big trees she loves and hear about her Appalachian upbringing.
To read more about Sylvia and her life in the Southern Appalachian Mountains go to www.blindpigandtheacorn.com