Speakin’ Texan

The boots, temporarily at rest after a long week of speakin’ Texan.

The Five-Year-Old, who is a rabid Auburn Tigers fan: “Grandpa, I like the way they say ‘Awl-burn’ in Texas.”

Grandpa: “Awl-burn?”

The Five-Year-Old, with a hint of a swagger and the slightest kick to her white leather cowboy boots: “Yes. Awl-burn. I like to speak Texan when I’m talking about Awl-burn. I usually speak Boston.”

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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