SUMMERTIME ...BEFORE THEY WERE FAMOUS...by b. Malin

WHEN THEY WERE KIDS...

It's Summertime, that lazy time. That time of the year that most kids Love...They can do ANYTHING out doors, swim, play, run...Let their Imaginations run Wild. This story is NOt about them...It's about those OTHER kids, the ones that Invented the "Luxuries" that we all take for granted today as well as some of our History.

Now I'm picturing their Mother's, the Women behind these great Inventors, and what it might have been like for them to raise a child that would become an Inventor. Did these Mother's understand their Child? And were they Encouraging as well as Supportive? Let's Eavesdrop into their lives and see how it really was...or how I imagine it was.

"Thomas Alva Edison what are you doing inside on this Hot July Day"? "I'm thinking about things that I can Invent Mother. Look here is my list, (1) Tin Foil Phonograph, a Light Bulb to see the Phonograph. And of course Electricity to go with it, as well as many other things". "Stop talking Foolish again Thomas and go out and play". By the age of 16, Thomas Alva Edison had left home, and the rest as they say, is History, as well as our Good Fortune.

"Alexander what's wrong"? "Oh Mother, I'm so bored...I keep wishing I were grown up and could Invent something...these two tin cans tied together gives me an idea...Get me two more cans and some string. Now Mother put your tin can up to your ear and listen while I talk to you through mine." "Why Alexander I can hear you"! his Mother said excitedly. At age 29 Alexander Graham Bell invented the Telephone...And All over the World people were thrilled. As well as his Mother, whom he could never get off the phone!

"Ben Franklin, go out and play...go Swimming. All your friends are down at the old swimming hole". his Mother said. "Oh Mother, I wish I had Swim Fins" he replied. "What?" she said. "Oh Never Mind Mother"...."Maybe I'll go Fly my Kite...can I borrow your Key"? "Forget it Ben, it looks like rain, I don't want you Flying that Kite in the rain, you could get struck by Lighting." "Don't worry Mother I'll be careful". Ben Franklin grew up and Invented, "Swim Fins", Bifocals, and The Lighting Rod and not to be forgotten,"The Wood Stove". He Also became a Statesman, and of Course signed "The Declaration of Independence". His Mother must have been very Proud of her "Crazy Kid"!

And What About The Girls of Summer...What Did They Invent. Are you Surprised? Well Don't be, for there were quite a few...

"Helen, Helen, what are you doing up in the Attic, it's so hot up there...come out back and have some cool lemonade under the shady trees". "I'll be down in a moment Mother, I'm trying to sew a dress to wear for Church on Sunday"..."There's gotta to be an easier method." she sighed. Helen Blanchad, went on to Invent the "Zig Zag Sewing Machine"! It gave other Women a chance to be "Creative" in their dress style!

"Ruthie, it's too Hot in the kitchen for baking today...let's go visit one of the Relatives". "Oh Mother do I have to...you know how I enjoy being in the Kitchen". "Well alright, just don't burn the house down" her Mother replied as she exited. Ruth Wakefield went on to Invent the First Chocolate Chip Cookie! Mmmm!

"Marion Donovan, you do Enjoy playing with your Dollies" her Mother said. "Yes, Mother I do, I cut this old sheet you gave me and I pretend it's a Diaper"..." But there's got to be a better way"..."That's clever dear, Now go play with your Dollies on the front porch get some Fresh air, it's such a beautiful day". "Yes, Mother" she said as she continued to say to herself, there's got to be a better method. Marion Donovan went on to Invent, The "Disposable Diaper". And weren't we Mothers Grateful!

So the Moral of this Hub is, If you've got a Kid that doesn't do the Norm...Not to worry, for you may have the Next Inventor of Something Wonderful right under your Nose...So before you tell him or her..."It's Summertime, go out and Play"...Maybe you should take your own advise and "Go out at Play" and Leave them to Invent their Dreams!

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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

Wow. What a fun and educational Hub! Voted Up, useful, funny, and awesome.


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breakfastpop 5 years ago

I love this piece. So smart and oh so useful and awesome.


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

What a clever piece, B. Loved it! Voted up as usual for your work, LOL


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b. Malin 5 years ago Author

Why Thank You WillStarr...The Idea had been going around in my Brain for a few days, and so I did a little research and this is what I came up with. So Glad you Enjoyed.

Thank You Breakfastpops for Loving this piece, and for your Lovely Accolades!

Denise, Thanks for your Vote and Thinking this a "Clever Piece". Another Fun write for me!


Cheryl Kapelner-Champ 5 years ago

Loved it!!!! How very, creative & so very cool of u* this summer to be thinking, like the really good mom u* always were, & still are!!!

Yes those, kids of ours, we so love it when they continue to put their "thinking caps" on, as we continue to take the time to put our caps on too! You certainly set an *excellent example, my dear friend b. Malin !


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Truckstop Sally 5 years ago

Loved it! Funny and educational. Didn't know about the "invention" of the disposable diapers . . . but so glad Marion Donovan loved playing with her doll. I'm happy when my kids do anything except watch TV all day!!


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b. Malin 5 years ago Author

Thank You Cheryl for all those Lovely, Lovely Accolades from Friend to Friend. Kids are Fun and didn't we have our share of FUN with ours!

Hey Sally, thanks for Loving and Finding this one Educational as well...And TV should be Banned for a few hours each Summer Day. Thank goodness there were NO TV's when these Inventors were Young...Mmmm and where did TV come from?


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alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

More fun from you, haha. Up and Funny from me.


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b. Malin 5 years ago Author

Once again I say Thank You Alocsin, so glad I could make YOU Laugh and think my Hub Funny, that makes me Happy and also Thanks for the Up Vote from YOU!


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alzel127 5 years ago from Indiana

Good one


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b. Malin 5 years ago Author

Thank You Aizel, I so appreciate!


shygirl2 5 years ago

Cool hub, b. Malin. I felt as if I had traveled back in time, into their own homes. Great job! So creative!! : ) Loved it! Voted up and awesome!!


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b. Malin 5 years ago Author

I try...I Love doing things a little differently as do you, Shygirl... I'm so glad you enjoyed the Results of my thoughts!


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Sharyn's Slant 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

This was a great piece B. Very clever, educational and entertaining. Awesome work!

Sharyn


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b. Malin 5 years ago Author

Thank You so much Sharyn for all your Accolades to me. We as writers are always trying to come up with different ideas, so glad I tried this one.


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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

Hi, this is great! lol what a great way to learn about these inventors! I wonder what Einsteins mom said to him! 'will you please stop scribbling all that rubbish on the piece of paper, it looks like a load of gobbledegook!' ha ha or maybe Newtons mother said, 'oh for goodness sake, if you let that apple keep hitting you on the head, you will get brain damage!' lol great hub, cheers nell


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b. Malin 5 years ago Author

Neil Rose, you are a Riot! Thanks for a Good Laugh and for coming by and you Comments.


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epigramman 5 years ago

...Will Starr, as he often does, lol, took the proverbial words right out of my mouth, but I really can't say it any better - what a fun and educational hub courtesy of someone as wonderful and talented as you.

lake erie time 3:14pm


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b. Malin 5 years ago Author

Oh Thank You Colin, It was Fun to do and I guess My old History teacher would be Happy to see somethings Absorbed in my Brain!


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

Wow - what a masterpiece this is! I love reading about these geniuses and the dialogue between you and each one.

This is a keeper which I have bookmarked. In fact this may well be the best work you've done...and you can't get any better than that!!!!


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b. Malin 5 years ago Author

Wow, Vocalcoach, you have left ME Speechless and that's not easy to do. But I will say, Thank You for all your Accolades.


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saddlerider1 5 years ago

I'm with vocalcoach, you had my attention right from the start. How many geniuses do you think there are out there right now before our very eyes, we probably pass them by in the street? Thinking of Bill Gates the mastermind behind Microsoft as one of many.

This was a brilliant way to highlight famous inventors of our past. Thank goodness they were born or we would all still be in the dark, deaf and speechless and to think what would we have used for diapers back then, cabbage leaves. he he..Brilliant scribe, loved it, pressed all your buttons.


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b. Malin 5 years ago Author

Hey Saddlerider, Thank You so much for all your Thoughts and Comments, and for pressing all the Buttons. We still have (as you've pointed out) Wonderful minds and hopefully will continue to see new contributions in our lifetime.


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Ddraigcoch 5 years ago from UK

If our children were taught with your flair for facilitating, they may have a chance at an education.I loved it.


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b. Malin 5 years ago Author

Thank you so much Ddraigcoch for your kind and thoughtful Comments...So glad you enjoyed! I'll be by to look at your Hubs too!

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