The year was 1847 and a young baby boy, the youngest of seven, was born in Ohio. He was a rather sickly child when he was young and only three of his siblings survived until adulthood. He had very little formal education leaving school at the age of 9 (although I heard one story that he was kicked out because he was stupid!). His Mother Nancy took it upon herself to educate him. In fact in later years this boy who became, argubly the worlds best inventor said of his Mother:
“My mother was the making of me. She was so true, so sure of me, and I felt I had some one to live for, some one I must not disappoint.”
Now imagine if his Mother, Nancy, thought, “I think my child has some “disorder”! He will never amount to much! I may as well write him off and get on with the chores around the house and other more important things I have to do. In fact I’ll send him off to be looked after by someone else while I move myself up the career ladder!” Or worse still imagine if Nancy had been ill-advised put him on some “brain dead” medication! We would live in a different world today if that had been the case.
You see the decision by Nancy to nourish the genius within her child has without doubt greatly increased the quality of life of the whole world. Every time you walk into a room and turn on a light you are benefitting from her belief in her child. Every time you go to a movie you’re benefitting from her belief in her child. Every time to listen to a record you’re benefitting from her belief in her child.
It’s no accident that children come into our lives and we as adults/parents/teachers have a duty and big responsibility to nourish them as best we can and more! For the next generation will stand on our shoulders provided we have given them loving and intelligent shoulders to stand on!
What did Nancy Edison see in her child? She saw a genius with infinite potential. Is it in every child? Absolutely! It’s in every human being period! It’s not just in some, it’s in everyone! When we start to believe this, we start to act on it and we treat our children as the genius that they truly are. And together with our absolutle unconditional love, this is the greatest of gifts we can give our children.
Nancy’s son of course was Thomas Edison. To this day he has the greatest number of patents for any human being in history – 1,093 and:
“to seek his monument turn on the light!”
Make sure you treat your child as the genius that they are, it is your most important duty! As someone once said:
“Treat a child as they are and they will remain as they are, treat them as they can and should be and they will become as they can and should be”
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Sean M Kelly,
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