We all know of Thomas Edison, and all that he achieved in his brilliant life. However, have your heard this story?
One day after school, Thomas Edison was given a letter to take home to his mother. Thomas had only been in school for 12 weeks and already his grade school teacher had grown a strong opinion of him. When Edison asked his mother what the letter said, she replied with tears in her eyes: “Your son is a genius. This school is too small for him and doesn’t have enough good teachers for training him. You’ll have to teach him yourself.”
After many, many years, after Edison’s mother died and he was now one of the greatest inventors of the century, he was looking through old family things and noticed a folded paper in the corner of a drawer in her desk. He took it and opened it up. On the paper was written: “Your son is addled [mentally ill]. We won’t let him come to school any more.”
Edison cried for hours and then he wrote in his diary: “Thomas Alva Edison was an addled child that, by a hero mother, became the genius of the century.”
When I first heard this story, the only words I could master was “wow”. I was deeply touched and inspired. I later found out that some parts of the story were exaggerated. However, it didn’t diminish the beautiful and powerful meaning I took away. Whether it is completely true or not, for me, is not the point.
I believe there is an inspirational message in this story for us all. What have you learnt or taken away from this story?
Love, MD x