Breaking News: The Five-Year-Old Hits Scholastic Milestone!

In line with my commitment to share with you important news pretty soon after it happens, I present this breaking news report on The Five-Year-Old’s scholastic progress.

This morning at 8:07 a.m. The Five-Year-Old tried to convince me she was too sick to go to school for the very first time.

The Five-Year-Old: “Mommyo, I really miss our lazy mornings. It’s giving me a fever on one side of my head.”

Sure enough, according to our forehead thermometer, The Five-Year-Old’s left temple registered a healthy 98.6 while her right clocked in at 99.2 degrees. Normally I’d write this off as user error on my part, but The Five-Year-Old’s precision in describing her fever is kind of suspicious. I can’t help but wonder how she managed it.

Regardless, I am one of those Moms who requires the fever to encompass the entire head before granting the stay home from school pass, so The Five-Year-Old reported to class as usual this morning.

I am pleased to report that she had a very good day and happily joined me in rounds of Frère Jacques on our way home.

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 Caterpickles.com, chatting about books and the writing life at BostonWriters.blog, and tweeting about books, writing, science, & things that make me smile at @shalahowell.
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