Necessity – the Mother of Invention

It has been said that “Necessity is the mother of invention.”  It makes a great deal of sense, doesn’t it?  Why was the wheel invented?  What necessity (or perceived necessity) was behind most of the world’s great inventions?  I don’t have a clue, but the number must be extremely high!

It doesn’t necessarily have to be something that happens in a research lab at MIT or Stanford, it happens in homes, too.  Take for instance the other day when I went got back to the house around lunchtime after a morning meeting.  Laurel was making herself a sandwich for lunch, but that’s not always easy when you’ve got a restless 5 month old who is demanding your attention, or at least who wants to watch what you’re doing like it is the most amazing thing that they’ve ever seen.

I walked into the kitchen and saw this sight.  I almost burst out laughing!!!!  There was the little one sitting in the laundry basket amongst all the freshly cleaned clothes, watching her Nana as she put her lunch together.  It was priceless!  And the little one loves it in the laundry basket!  She’s supported by the clothes, can’t hurt herself, and has something to hold on to in order to help her sit up without toppling over!  And for Laurel, it was a case of necessity being the mother of invention – she “invented” a new baby chair/set/recliner all in one!  (Don’t worry, there was no way the little one could get out of the basket or tip it over and her Nana was standing just out of sight in the picture ready to leap into action in an instant!!)

The look on her face, however, makes me think she felt that she’d been caught red-handed as she sat in the basket!

Necessity, the Mother of Invention

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY: in 1992, Jeffrey Dahmer, who killed and ate young men, was sentenced to 15 life terms in prison.  He would eventually be killed while serving his sentence.

TRIVIA FOR TODAY: in cooking, the term chiffonade means to slice into very thin strips or shreds. Literally translated from French, chiffonade means “made of rags.”


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