One day, after school, a partially deaf boy came home and gave a paper to his mother. He told her, “My teacher gave this paper to me and told me to only give it to my mother.”
His mother received the paper and her eyes were tearful as she read the letter out loud to her child: Your son is a genius. This school is too small for him and doesn’t have enough good teachers for training him. Please teach him yourself.
This kid accepted the decision and left school forever. He lived with his mother, helping her out whatever he can at home.
After many, many years, the mother died and this kid was now a grown up man and one of the greatest inventors of the century. One day he was looking through old family things. Suddenly he saw a folded old paper in the corner of a drawer in a 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.
This man 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.”
The kid was Thomas Edison.
Inventor Thomas Edison created such great innovations as the practical incandescent electric light bulb and the phonograph. A savvy businessman, he held more than 1,000 patents for his inventions. When Thomas died many years later, the people of the United States of America paid tribute by turning off the nation’s lights for one full minute. You see, this Tom had invented the light bulb – and not only that, but motion pictures and the record player.
Mothers are such sweet, smart gifts that change lives.