Beginning of a new blog


(meaning Рthe point in time or space at which something begins, the first part/ earliest stage of something, the origins of a person or organisation)

The picture below shows the first signs of life; a cell dividing and reproducing itself. This is called ‘mitosis’ and is the process of making new body cells. It’s how we all begin.

Beginning of life cell-division (mitosis)
Beginning of life as cell divides (mitosis)

This seems like a good place to start. I am ‘beginning’ a new blog/website to educate and entertain and I’m hoping it will continue to develop and multiply just like the cells until my blog is a fully functioning and interactive site.

‘Beginning’ and ‘cells’ resonates for lots of reasons. I first saw my children as cells under the microscope (IVF). As their cells have multiplied, they have grown and morphed into small humans with abilities, qualities, feelings and opinions! This process of new life still fills me with awe and this wonder inspired me to write a children’s book about ‘cells’.

The beginning of this blog is also very timely with the beginning of my children’s secondary education. Obviously I knew this moment would come but this new beginning has provoked more feelings than I thought it would.

When they begin school

  • You are filled with love and pride when you see them standing there in their ill fitting school uniform.
  • You are filled with relief, when they go off to the bus stop by themselves, knowing you don’t have to battle with the morning traffic taking them to school.
  • You start to worry that for the first time they have to rely on public transport and are responsible for getting themselves to school.
  • You’re filled with admiration when they tell you they’ve won an award or merit.
  • You’re devastated when they receive another detention.
  • You feel saddened that they have to spend valuable time ploughing through a mountain of homework.
  • You feel grateful they are receiving the education they need.
  • You anxiously hope they will choose some sensible friends and sadly know this won’t always be the case.

Your children, my children are at the ‘point in time which something begins’ and we are along for the ride. I hope your journey is as smooth as possible!

Facts about Beginnings

  1. The world began about 4.5 billion years ago. (When life began is another matter and one that is still being debated!) Source:LiveScience
  2. 8.6 million children in the UK began school in September. Source: School Census Gov.UK
  3. 50.4 million children in the US began school in September Source:US Dept of Ed
  4. The word ‘beginning’ is a noun from Middle England 1175- 1225 and was pronounced ‘beginnung’.Source:Dictionary
  5. Julie Andrews sang the words “Let’s start at the very beginning” in the song Do-Re-Mi from the film ‘The Sound of Music’. The words were originally from a medieval Latin poem.


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