The orphan boy showed up one morning on Mariah’s doorstep. He had lost his way the night before and had nowhere to go. Mariah offered him work in exchange for room, board and a chance to go to school. That was all George Carver wanted.
George loved to learn – from books and from the natural world. After completing his education, George was offered a position at Tuskegee Institute, teaching agricultural science. When he arrived at the college, he discovered there were no supplies or money for a classroom laboratory. So, he led his students to the town dump. They collected bottles, cooking pots, jar lids, wire, scrap metal, rusty lamps and broken handles.
“All this may seem like junk to you,” he told his skeptical students. “But it is only waiting for us to apply our intelligence to it. Let’s get to work!”
Carver showed them how to make beakers and Bunsen burners out of old bottles. With innovative tools made from trash, George taught his students principles that would help southern farmers. His contribution to southern agriculture became famous worldwide. When complimented, George would answer humbly, “I only discover what the good Lord has made.”
“When you do the common things in an uncommon way, you’ll command the attention of the world.” –George Washington Carver
Adapted from Christianity.com & Ten Boys Who Used Their Talents by Irene Howat
Photo credit: ICR.org
The word prompt of the day is CARVE. I recalled reading and writing about the amazing George Washington Carver. His birthday was January 5th.
© Lisa M. Luciano 😊