By Kara Aiello
|Ann Marie Geiger|
Recently I had the honor of interviewing Ann Marie Geiger, an avid bird watcher and photographer who is a Renaissance woman in her own right. Born with Osteogenesis Imperfecta, a bone condition that causes people to experience a few to as many as a hundred fractures, usually occurs before adolescence. Ms. Geiger is short-statured, uses a wheelchair for mobility and has experienced around 70 fractures in her lifetime, but she doesn’t let the pain of those years hold her back from living life and doing what she loves. Now in her mid-50’s, Ms. Geiger lives in an impressive in-law suite located in a Montgomery County suburb of Philadelphia PA, connected to her sister’s house which they built together, her part made accessible for her personal needs. Her portion of the house includes 3 bedrooms, 2 baths which are wheelchair accessible, a sunroom, a living room and a spacious kitchen with low countertops, stove and oven. In addition, her little family includes 2 dwarf rabbits, Popcorn and Bunson, a yellow Parakeet named ChiChi and Smuckers, a Cockatiel who has a keen knack for picking up words and voices that will make you laugh and scare you all in the same moment. Smuckers’ vocabulary includes “pretty bird”; “come here”; “what a pretty bird you are”; and “I’m a pretty little bad bird” a phrase one won’t soon forget!