Cranks My Tractor

Published: Tuesday, December 24, 2013 at 09:16 AM.

I have given it a lot of thought. One thing for sure I would like is about 35 years’ worth of incandescent light bulbs. I’m relatively confident that would be enough for the rest of my life.

We need Thomas Edison.

Thomas Edison was a mama’s boy, and by that I mean his mama had a lot to do with his success. He even noted, “My mother was the making of me. She was so true, so sure of me; and felt I had something to live for, someone I must not disappoint.”

Children need at least one person that makes them feel this way – someone who is sure of them. Someone who sees the potential All-Star instead of the broken window, the artist instead of the paint on the carpet and the future scientist instead of the smoke stains on the ceiling.

With Edison, his father was probably not a bad man; he did live long enough to see how successful his son was going to be. However, within three weeks of Thomas Edison’s mother’s death, his daddy did start a “new relationship” with the 16 year-old housekeeper. Edison’s father was 67 at the time. Thomas was 8 years older than his step-mother to be.

In researching Edison’s lineage, I found a book from 1907. In the book, it described Thomas Edison’s father as “… a man of fertile resources and of great energy of character.” This description leads one to believe that he married a teenager when he was 67 because he had a lot of energy or something…

Edison’s mother just seemed to have more impact on his education, teaching him at home when the schools could not properly tend to the needs of a partially deaf child and also could not handle his constant curiosity and need to ask questions.

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