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In a cozy, unassuming sector of the Milky Way, on a blue-green planet strikingly similar to Earth, lived Arthur Newton, a 42-year-old software developer and father of two young girls. Arthur’s life, though seemingly routine, was a blend of digital landscapes and playful chaos. His long-standing intrigue with Douglas Adams’ “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” had been a source of joy and wonder. On his 42nd birthday, amidst the giggles of his daughters and the warmth of family life, Arthur had an epiphany. The infamous “42,” the answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe, and everything, was not a number but a phonetic riddle: “for thy two.”

As the realisation dawned on him, this insight propelled Arthur into a new realm of understanding. “For thy two” signified the core of existence – the perpetuation of life, the simple yet profound act of raising two children. In a universe filled with black holes, supernovas, and the inexplicable behaviour of quantum particles, the act of parenting was an adventure of its own, equally chaotic and enchanting.

Eager to explore this new perspective, Arthur began a journey of discovery. He embarked on a mission, interviewing parents across the galaxy, from the tentacled beings of Squidly-5 to the telepathic entities of Zorblatt-9. He learned that the trials and tribulations of parenthood dwarfed all other worldly concerns. Professional ambitions, personal quests, and even intergalactic politics paled in comparison to the challenges and rewards of raising children.

As he journeyed, Arthur observed a universal truth: parenthood transformed beings. Priorities shifted like the sands of Mars; motivations and aspirations realigned like constellations in a new sky. Parents, regardless of their species, exhibited a willingness to change, not just themselves, but the world around them for their offspring.

The culmination of Arthur’s travels led him to a revelation. The true meaning of life was not just in the survival of a species but in the nurturing, teaching, and loving of the next generation. Each child was a universe of potential, a star waiting to ignite, and every parent, a guardian of that cosmic fire.

Arthur Newton returned to his quaint corner of the galaxy, forever changed. He penned “The Universal Guide to Parenting,” a comprehensive compendium that transcended species and planets. It was not a guide with answers, but one that encouraged questions, exploration, and an understanding that in the vast, bewildering cosmos, raising children was perhaps the most significant adventure of all.

By Marek

I graduated Oxford University Computing Laboratory in 2008 and since then have been a full-stack lead on many projects, in different technologies. Myself, I like to code in Perl, Solidity and JavaScript, run on Debian & Nginx, design with Adobe CC & Affinity and work remotely, but overall I always do whatever gets the job done. I like to learn new things all the time!

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