One day a mentally troubled child came home and gave a letter to his mother.
He told her,
“My teacher gave this letter to me and told me to only give it to my mother.”
Reading through the letter, the mother could not believe her eyes.
Gradually her eyes filled with tears.
“Mum is there a problem?
Did I do something wrong in school” the boy asked.
With a shaky voice, the mother slowly began to read the contents of the letter to her son.
“Your son is a genius. This school is too small for him and doesn’t have enough good teachers to train him. Please teach him yourself.”
The boy was dumbfounded.
The next morning, Nancy Edison pulled her son out of the school and from that day, began to teach him diligently at home.
Many years later, Thomas Edison had grown into the most prolific inventor of his time.
He had invented the electric light bulb, the first electric generator, the first record player (called the phonograph then), submarine radar, a cinema, and about one thousand other inventions that helped to usher-in the modern age.
He was celebrated world-wide as the father of inventions.
Meanwhile his mother had passed away quietly.
One day he was going through her closet and found the letter which was given to him by his teacher for his mother.
He remembered it was the same letter that made his mother pull him out of school and undertake many years of home schooling.
So he opened it.
The message written on the letter was,
“Your son is mentally ill. We can not let him attend our school anymore. He is expelled.”
Thomas Edison then realized what his mother did, which probably saved his life and future.
For several hours he sat motionless with tears streaming down his face.
Finally, he gathered enough strength and wrote in his diary,
“Thomas Alva Edison was a mentally ill child whose mother turned him into the genius of the century.”
LESSON – A single word can make or destroy a child’s future.
As parents, siblings, aunts, uncle, grandma and grandpa etc.) and teachers, we all have a role to play in building and activating the glorious destiny of children…
Tell them positive things.