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 write about wildly curious kids, rabbits who hunt dragons, and 1880s Boston. 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), I blog about life with a very curious Ten-Year-Old at, muse about books and the writing life at, or tweet about books, writing, science, & things that make me smile at @shalahowell.
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