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

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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