The birth of a star

Henry is an astronomer. He is very excited because he thinks he might have discovered the beginning of a new star. But then he gets even more exciting news ... he’s going to be a father!

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5 June 2006

Henry looks carefully into the telescope which lets him see far, far away, as far away as the distant nebulae on the far edges of the Milky Way. Henry is an astronomer. He looks at the sky, and at stars in particular. Even though he spends much of his time looking at detailed computer reports, which are just lists and lists of numbers, his favourite thing about his job is looking through the telescope. And today he is very excited. He isn’t sure yet, but he thinks he has seen a dense cloud which might be the beginning of a new star.

5 July 2006

Henry is still looking for a tiny point of light in the sky. He checks the lists and lists of numbers that his computer produces, and tries to make sense of them. He tries to turn the basic data into an image, a picture of the star he hopes to see, but it is not yet possible.

He arrives home feeling tired. His wife Anna sits down next to him. ‘I’ve got some news …,’ she says.

5 August 2006

Henry is so excited about being a father that he has forgotten about his star. Anna is feeling sick and tired. Henry is no longer thinking about nebulae and clouds and gases. He is thinking about pushchairs and nappies.

5 September 2006

Anna and Henry go to the doctor. Anna has an ultrasound scan. Henry is used to seeing distant images of planets and stars and clouds, and now he looks at this image. It almost looks like a cloud, but it is much clearer. He can see the outline of a head, the features of a face. And he realises that this means much more to him than the distant stars he is used to looking at.

5 October 2006

Anna finally starts to get fatter. Henry is feeling terrified. For the first time now, he realises exactly what it means. In a few months’ time, he will be a father.

5 November 2006

Anna looks at her tummy and now starts to feel that there is another living person inside her. She thinks about Henry’s job, and remembers how excited Henry was a few months ago when he thought that he could see a new star.

5 December 2006

Henry thinks that Anna looks a bit like a whale, but that she is very beautiful anyway. He thinks that next Christmas everything will be very, very different.

5 January 2007

Anna feels like she wants to sleep all the time. She feels like the baby already wants to come out. The baby is kicking her from inside. She feels like a football. She can’t wait to become a mother. Henry calls her ten times a day on her mobile phone.

5 February 2007

It can take as long as ten million years for a star to form, but Henry doesn’t care about seeing his star any more. He knows that although he may be the first person to see a new star, it is impossible for him to see the birth of a star, from its beginning to its appearance. But he doesn’t care, because a new star has just entered his life.

‘But we haven’t thought of a name!’ says Anna, holding the tiny baby in her arms.

‘I have,’ says Henry. ‘I’ve got a beautiful name for her.’

‘What is it?’

‘Stella. Let’s call her Stella.’

Chris Rose

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Khin Yee Mon Khaing 提交于 周六, 07/08/2021 - 06:21

No, I haven't. But this story makes me pleasant. This is a wonderful story.

Aliya848 提交于 周二, 23/03/2021 - 20:22

I have never had a same experience. In my opinion it was a difficult choise for Henry. Because if her wife wasn'nt pregnant he could became the man who discovered the star. He could be became famouse and rich scientist. Also I thinh baby is also invention and discovery. Henry couldn't realise himself as an astronome. But his xhild can became a star on scientific field.

Madhushree 提交于 周三, 23/12/2020 - 16:57

I think Henry is very good detective person. He want to find a stars but eventually he got real baby star. I love this store

Thinthinmyoe 提交于 周二, 22/12/2020 - 14:17

No, I have never experienced like this.

BlaiChan 提交于 周日, 06/12/2020 - 03:09

I've never feel like him, perhaps I'm not ready for that. But I love kids meanwhile I am afraid of my up coming new responsibilities. Oh god.
Ok, i want to tell something else, not to answer directly to the question. Firstly, like usual, i read the other answer in order to see what they want to share with us. Secondly, while i was reading, i start to smell. Why? Because i realised i, m the only one with a baby ( however, she's not a baby, she's 25). Secondly, after that i have another revelation: i'm a dinosaur who wants to learn English. I,m 50 years old and at this age i want to do what i have not done before ( learn English ) .

cittàutopica 提交于 周五, 20/03/2020 - 15:50

I didn't have experienced something like Henry and Anna, because I'm not an astronomer and I haven't got any children, but I have two great nieces and one great nephew and it's always a delight to see them while they are growing.

parisaach 提交于 周日, 21/07/2019 - 07:29

Not actually, I don't have any children and I don't like to have a one. but babies are really sweet.It is interesting to watch them born and grow up. I have a niece and a nephew. My niece is six months old and she is really cute. she recently starts theething and her two lower front teeth showed up. She laugh like an angel, I want to kiss her cheeks and push her. we can't see her neck because he cheeks wont let us see that. She has many wrinkle in her hands and feet, that make her even cuter. I saw her when she was 3 months and now she is six months and she really change. They live in another country and they coming to see us next week I' m really excited.

Marte93 提交于 周五, 01/02/2019 - 18:34

I haven’t experienced something similar yet, because I don’t have children. Anyway the storie is more much entertaining that I thought. Greetings!

Valescandon 提交于 周日, 06/01/2019 - 17:37

I have never had a baby, but I can clearly remember the first time my mom told me that she was pregnant. My father, my big brother and I were extremely carefull around her since then. When my little sister was born I could not belive how small she was. It was beautiful!