In which The Four-Year-Old invents a new feline punishment

One of the few problems with having cats is that it makes doing yoga at home a hazardous occupation. Mulberry in particular takes fiendish delight in increasing the challenge with a well-timed and precisely targeted head bump.

My balance in Tree Pose is precarious at best, and I rarely need an affectionate cat’s help in toppling over.

“You’d better move, Mulberry,” I said one morning, wobbling desperately in an effort not to plant my foot squarely on my arthritic cat’s spine.

“Yes, Mulberry,” chimed in The Four-Year-Old, who finds Tree Pose ever so much more boring than Hungry Lion. “You’d better move or I’ll put a fire hat on you.”

Needless to say, there was an epic Mommyo collapse.

No cats or Four-Year-Olds were externally damaged in the fall, although there was a bit of indignant stalking off to the sound of some rather raucous laughter.

Happy Valentine’s Day, 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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