The Five-Year-Old picks up

Overheard down the hall from The Five-Year-Old’s bedroom…

The Five-Year-Old, panting: “Boy, glacial boulders are heavy.”

A few minutes later, The Five-Year-Old, in a tone of great surprise: “What’s that pyroclastic flow doing here?”

Not the sort of thing you want to find in the middle of your bedroom. (Pyroclastic flows at Mayon Volcano, Philippines, 1984. Image: US Geological Survey)


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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One Response to The Five-Year-Old picks up

  1. Pingback: In which The Five-Year-Old tries to come to terms with Daddyo’s Very Great Age | CATERPICKLES

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