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

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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