In which The Five-Year-Old plans to be sneaky

Not Sneaky.

After hearing how a very young Gran would sneak out of the house when her mother wasn’t looking and hide in the woodshed, The Five-Year-Old was inspired. Sensing this, Mommyo quickly tried to rephrase Gran’s feat into terms that wouldn’t put The Five-Year-Old in imminent danger.

Mommyo: “You realize, The Five-Year-Old, that the woodshed was part of the main house. It would be like you going and hiding in the playroom.”

The Five-Year-Old, disappointed: “How would I do that?”

Mommyo: “You’d sneak in when I’m not looking. But you’d have to be really sneaky. I’m pretty sharp-eyed.”

The Five-Year-Old: “I could hide behind the (mumble, mumble). I’m pretty agile.”

Mommyo: “Where are you going to hide?”

The Five-Year-Old: “I’m… I can’t tell you.”

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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