Feminine Phenom # 15: Nancy Edison
The mother of one of the most impactful inventors in history, Thomas Edison says this of his mother:
“My mother was the making of me. She was so true, so sure of me: and I felt I had something to live for, someone I must not disappoint.”
One of the more inspirational tales of this mother/son duo tell of a time young Edison came home from school with a note. Unable to read it himself, he asked his mother what it said.
Her eyes welled with tears as she read aloud “Dear Mrs. Edison, I’m afraid Thomas will not be able to return to school. He is too smart, and we are unable to teach him anything further.”
Years later, Thomas, who had already established his genius, would discover this letter in his mother’s desk drawer. It really read:
“Dear Mrs. Edison, I’m afraid Thomas will not be able to return to school. He is too dumb, and he is unable to learn anything further.”
Ms. Edison embodies the feminine gift of LIFE GIVER
She breathed life into her son and his gifts. Not by holding him to traditional standards, but by seeing her son for who he was.
Thomas’s mother didn’t focus on what he couldn’t do; she focused on what he could do.
Nancy Edison maximized the power of praise and today gets the credit for being the force behind one of the greatest minds in history.
Cheers to all the mama’s out there who are the seers. The ones who can find the genius in the madness. The finders of a better truth. The ones who can nurture their kids to personal empowerment. The ones who can hold the light among the shadows of traditional success.