In Which The Four-Year-Old Makes My Life Plan

The Four-Year-Old: “I want to stay alive as long as you are alive, Mommyo.”

Mother: “I want to stay alive as long as you need me.”

The Four-Year-Old, extremely concerned: “You will be very old then.”

Happy New Year, y’all.

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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2 Responses to In Which The Four-Year-Old Makes My Life Plan

  1. chris says:

    happy new year… my 4 yo counters with ” when you get really old, then you get dead.” this was following a conversation preparing for the likely death of Cookie, the goldfish. I had to clarify that humans do not lose their arms and legs before they die, unlike Cookie is losing his/her fins… c


    • Shala Howell says:

      Happy New Year to you too! I suppose I’m glad that we aren’t the only family starting the year with depressing conversations. Still, sorry to hear about your fish.

      (Do fish really lose their fins when they get old?)


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