In which The Four-Year-Old gains a new appreciation for my age

That's right, kiddo. I'm even older than this. (Image:

The Four-Year-Old, interrupting her parents’ discussion of what to do with our out-of-date technology: “Mommyo, do you really have the first Kindle ever made?”

Mommyo, glossing over the fine print* with her usual wild abandon: “Yep. And your Daddyo has the second Kindle ever made.”

The Four-Year-Old, with a gasp: “You’re that old????”

BTW: If like me, you find yourself in the grip of New Kindle Envy, but are unwilling to simply cast your old Kindle aside, Amazon has launched a trade-in program for previous generation Kindles. The program enables you to exchange your older generation Kindle for an Amazon gift card worth between $16-100, depending on the type and age of your trade-in.

*In this case a discussion of model vs. actual production. Mommyo has the first type of Kindle ever made. Daddyo has the second. We don’t literally have the first and second Kindles to ever roll off the assembly line. But you knew that, right?

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, Did Dinosaurs Have Belly Buttons?, is currently planned for release in 2018. In the meantime, you can find me blogging about life with a very curious Ten-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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4 Responses to In which The Four-Year-Old gains a new appreciation for my age

  1. Sheila says:

    So you were in kindlegarten a year before Michael was.
    Love, Mom


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