The trouble with nature shows

Caterpillar in a tree in India (Image by HariKrish via Wikipedia)

… Is that watching them makes The Four-Year-Old very curious. And that means I spend an awful lot of time looking at pictures like this.

After turning off a National Geographic special on the oceans last night, The Four-Year-Old asked: “Is Cozy an invertebrate?”

Mommyo: “No.”

The Four-Year-Old: “Why not?”

Mommyo: “He has bones on the inside, like a dinosaur.”

The Four-Year-Old: “What if he had bones on the outside, Mommyo?”

Mommyo: “That would be weird. He wouldn’t be a cat.”

The Four-Year-Old: “What would he be?”

Mommyo: “I don’t know.”

Pause, then The Four-Year-Old: “Are there any furry invertebrates?”

Mommyo, whose long experience with The Four-Year-Old has given her a pretty good idea of where this is going: “Yes, but you can’t bring any of them home.”

The Four-Year-Old: “Why not?”

Mommyo: “Daddyo doesn’t like spiders and I refuse to cook lobster.”


About Shala Howell

Writer of things ranging from optical network switching white papers to genetic testing patient education materials to historical fiction set in an 1880s asylum. When I’m not scratching my head over pesky characters who refuse to do things how I want them done or dreaming of my next book (which will of course be much easier to write than the current one), my writerly self can be found blogging about life with a very curious Ten-Year-Old at, or musing about books and the writing life at
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