It makes me feel old when you say stuff like that

Move along folks. Nothing to see here.

Remember when I said I had a backlog of Mulberry-related incidents to work through? Here’s another one.

The (then) Four-Year-Old, rubbing Mulberry, our seventeen-year-old cat just above the eyes: “You’ve lost the fur right here. And here.”

Pause, then in a voice of great discovery, The Four-Year-Old: “Mul, are you shedding by any chance?”

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The (then) Four-Year-Old, on the drive home from putting Mulberry down: “Oh, Mommyo, Mulberry’s not here any more and she took up a lot of space in my heart.”

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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