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  • Here I am a proud mum with my youngest child, Demian, celebrating his graduation, with a degree in chemistry from Bristol University.

    From the time he was born he never ceased to amaze me.
    I had a very patchy education. Because my mother was in and out hospital all through my childhood, I attended three different primary schools and three different senior schools. I did well in the subjects that came naturally to me; English Literature/Language and Art; but failed in the subjects that I struggled to understand.

    Mathematics was an alien language for me. I would sit in my maths lessons and shake with fear.

    My son, Demian, excelled in maths and sciences. He preferred the world of numbers. He found the constraints of the written word boring.

    He naturally lives in the moment and looks at the world with a logical eye calmly dealing with problems; never worrying about the future.

    Whereas my daughters loved me telling them stories about magic and fairies, and enjoyed hearing their favourite books over and over again; Demian preferred books which described how things worked, what the world was made of and how boys of his age dealt with life's problems.

    One day when he was eight years old a new series 'The Storyteller' narrated by Tom Hurt; appeared on the television with beautiful animation and puppetry.

    "Oh that is what you were going on about when I was little. I couldn't understand why you were telling me about fairies, giants and creatures that don't really exist."

    I have learnt so much from my son, who spreads calmness all around him. Oh, and he has a wonderful sense of humour.

    I returned to college when I was thirty two and gained my maths qualifications. The maths curriculum in the UK has been changed to enable students to understand the use of mathematics instead of just insisting on abstract thought.
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