“When I was young, I said to God, ‘God, tell me the mystery of the universe.’ But God answered, ‘That knowledge is for me alone.’ So I said, ‘God, tell me the mystery of the peanut.’ Then God said, ‘Well George, that’s more nearly your size.’ And he told me.” – George Washington Carver
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Carver is one my wife’s lifelong heroes, and with good reason. While he’s celebrated as a great inventor (working with the most primitive laboratory conditions), we can find inspiration, too, in his words from his experiences as an educator and a deeply spiritual man.
And I’ll point then to Mariah Watkins, a remarkable but essentially unknown woman who set him well on that path. Watkins, if you haven’t guessed, has become one of my heroes.