Necessity is a mother.

Stop. Rewind. Let me try that again.

Necessity is a Mother.

Better, but that’s not quite it either.

Necessity is a MOTHER!

Yes, that aim is true!

Say it with me. Come on, with feeling now.

Necessity is a MOTHER!

Almost, but really feel it this time. Try softening the “r” with little bit of slang. I’d suggest saying it like a rapper, but someone would get offended, or cry discrimination, so let us keep moving forward. You get the idea.

Necessity is a MUTHA!


Yell it!

Necessity is a MUTHA!!


Yes!!!! Feel it in your toes. Wrap yourself up in it like a cozy blanket.

Necessity is the Mother of invention.

Thomas Edison is credited with the invention of the light bulb. Not to split hairs or anything, but he should get credit for the first commercially viable light bulb. Let us not get too bogged down in the details that others had already invented this item. Ah, let us give it a big ‘ole KISS. Keep It Super Simple. Candles, lamp oils, and natural gas were ordinary. Edison wanted something better, perhaps safer, and pursued a development he is largely credited for having invented.

Moving on from light bulbs to those little lights in the sky that are one of my loves. I really enjoy walking at night and viewing the stars, but only when the weather is a wee bit warmer. Trust me, I won’t be outside in the winter, not if I can help it. I hate being cold. If verification is needed, just ask my husband. I will do just about anything to not endure frigid temperatures. Nope, that is not correct. I would do anything to not endure being cold, and my “cold,” is not relevant to any degree measurement, but I digress. Back to the stars. While I enjoy viewing them with the naked eye, Hans Lippershey wanted to see them better, closer. Yes, friends he invented the telescope. There is some mystery as to who the actual inventor was, but this guy is the first one to have enough guts to claim a patent for the telescope, so he gets the credit in my book. He was a Dutch eyeglass maker and may not have stumbled upon the invention himself, but rather by watching his kids play, holding one lens in front of another at a distance. Darn those kids that know no boundaries and mess with our stuff. They challenge us, stress us out, propel us forward–or was that backward? The point being that children are largely our credit, but that’s another article. If Hans was here, I bet he would agree.

If seeing is believing than hearing might be better. It would be better if my kids could hear me. If I am right in front of them I have a decent chance of them hearing my request, but if they are in another room forget it. Telephone means “far sound,” and Alexander Graham Bell wanted to take that “far sound” and hear it in another location. He wanted to transmit sound with electricity while working at a school for the deaf. Others have clamored for this honor, but for simplicity sake we will give it another big ‘ole kiss.

Smooch! Ben Franklin didn’t invent electricity, but he is largely credited with its discovery. After flying his kite in a storm he forgot to credit the Ancient Greeks for finding static electricity by rubbing fur on trees. Persians were not cited for exploring copper conductors. All of the above gave rise to the electrostatic generator, and the differentiation between positive and negative currents. Franklin accidentally discovered electricity while flying his kite in a storm. He felt the energy first hand. Pursue the invention with vigor, just don’t get electrocuted in the process.

Those are great inventors of an earlier time, but modern society lacks the drive to be great. Really? Sometimes we stumble upon something that becomes awesome. Saccharin was founded by a chemist who was developing an alternative to coal tar. Constantin Fahlberg forgot to wash his hands before dinner and realized that his wife’s biscuits tasted sweeter than usual. Potato chips were unveiled when a restaurant customer was delivered soggy fries. They were sent back to the kitchen and a spry cook made them extra crispy. Post it notes were an oops by Art Fry as he struggled to find a “low tack” adhesive that would not tear paper upon removal.
Super glue, ice cream, velcro, Play-Doh, silly putty, slinky, teflon, pacemakers, x-rays, are all oopsies by people who innately felt the need improve upon something, and they pursued it like a MUTHA.

What are you pursuing like a MUTHA?