In which a new Mommyo truism is born

Set of samplers based on a book of needlework ...

Recently, we acquired a 2012 Entertainment book in the hopes that it would have lots of great coupons The Four-Year-Old and I could use as we explore the world. So far, it seems to, so yay for us.

The Four-Year-Old is my official Entertainment Book Coupon Clipper-Outer, a responsibility she takes very seriously. Every morning she asks me if there are any coupons she can clip out for that day. If I say that we don’t need anything, she starts flipping through the book, pointing at coupons somewhat randomly.

The Four-Year-Old, armed with Four-Year-Old-sized green scissors: “Can I cut this coupon out?”

Mother, without even looking at the book: “No. We aren’t going there today, and I don’t want to lose it.”

The Four-Year-Old: “But it’s a place we never go to.”

Mother: “But the coupon is good for an entire year and it’s very hard to know all the places you’ll end up going in a year. Sometimes places we never go to are simply places we haven’t been to yet.”

Mother, struck by the profundity of her own thought, promptly ruins the effect of that thought by doing the New Mommyo Truism dance in the kitchen.

The Four-Year-Old, suitably unimpressed: “But we really never go there.”

Mother, exasperated, stops dancing: “And what is the Mommyo Truism about places like that? What is a place we never go to?”

The Four-Year-Old: “McDonald’s.”

(Image of two samplers based on Jenny Holzer truisms by artg33k.)

About Shala Howell

I spent two decades helping companies like Bell Labs, Juniper Networks, and a genetic testing company that was later acquired by CVS translate some of the world’s most complicated concepts into actionable, understandable English. Now I'm working on a much harder problem -- fostering children’s curiosity and engagement in the scientific, artistic, and linguistic world that surrounds them. The first book in my Caterpickles Parenting Series, What’s That, Mom?, focuses on how to use public art to nurture children’s curiosity in the world around them. My next book will focus on science, and how parents without a science degree can answer their curious child's questions without enrolling in a college level refresher course. In the meantime, you can find me blogging about life with a very curious Eleven-Year-Old at, chatting about books and the writing life at, and tweeting about books, writing, science, & things that make me smile at @shalahowell.
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3 Responses to In which a new Mommyo truism is born

  1. Paul says:

    I like this new truism. I also like the one about elaboration. Of course I should explain, that I am a real offender in this regard. I have a tendency to go on and on.

    At length.

    Without knowing when to stop.


  2. Paul says:

    Hey, I got cut off! 🙂


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