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Last Road Trip—”During Your Best: George Washington Carver”

Barb visited with her mom Thursday afternoon. She had trouble rousing her but did to a degree. Barb is tough, but during dinner, she was relating her time with her mom that afternoon. Quite tears ran down her cheeks.

So many of us have dealt with aging or chronic health issues of a loved one. You never get good at it. I wish I could help Barb more. Sometimes it is just being there.

Friday morning we were on the road before 7 AM. We traveled through southeast Kansas, with it different terrain of thick forested areas and rolling hills. We passed into Missouri. Our goal was to get to Bentonville, Arkansas, a very achievable goal.

However we keep our eyes open for something interesting. Then we see the turn-off for the George Washington Carver National Monument. This was just south of Joplin, Missouri, and is Carver’s birthplace.

Carver was born into slavery. After the slaves were freed post-civil war, Carver moved to several places in Kansas, and had a farm in Ness County, Kansas (from 1886 to 1888).

Despite being born into slavery, with no education, Carver became a note scientist, artist and educator. He advocated for the rotation of crop, and was a pioneer different products made from peanuts.

I liked one of his writings when he said: “No individual has any right to come into the world and go out of it without leaving behind him distinct and legitimate reasons for having passed through it.”

George Washington Carver faced many adversities; yet he made the world a better place for him being in it.

I know my wife is facing a difficult adversity—one that she doesn’t have much control over. But I know like Carver, she won’t give up. She will give her mom the best she can, even if her mom doesn’t realize it.George Washington Carver


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