I know this is a commercial platform blog.

I know this is supposed to be about ode and digital content and elearning and all that jazz.

But sometimes you need to step back and ask yourself why we do what we do. My reason for starting ode with Ed Wong was to make a difference, to create something awesome, to celebrate what technology can do in the modern classroom for the modern student and, of course, for the modern teacher.

But now I have a new reason. A brand new reason to do what I do and do it as best I can.

Last week I became a father for the first time.

Her name is Isabella (Izzy for short). She was born at 2am, Saturday 13th October, weighing 8lbs and 14oz. She is healthy and happy. What I do from now on is for my family, to make sure my daughter has an education that will complement her as yet untrained digital native mind.

So forgive me for this utterly off topic post. Normal(ish) service will resume again very soon but just for now I hope you’ll allow the indulgence of a new Dad and help me celebrate her arrival.

“Your children are not your children.
They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself.
They come through you but not from you,
And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.

You may give them your love but not your thoughts,
For they have their own thoughts.
You may house their bodies but not their souls,
For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow,
which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.
You may strive to be like them,
but seek not to make them like you.
For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.

You are the bows from which your children
as living arrows are sent forth.
The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite,
and He bends you with His might
that His arrows may go swift and far.
Let our bending in the archer’s hand be for gladness;
For even as He loves the arrow that flies,
so He loves also the bow that is stable.”

The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran

Izzy less than 24 hours old