The Five-Year-Old thinks about pets

You know, I thought the week before Thanksgiving was supposed to be the hard one. Turns out to be more like the opening bell for weeks and weeks of unrelenting crazy. Thank goodness The Five-Year-Old remains effortlessly entertaining.

As you know, our family has been doing quite a bit of thinking lately about what sort of pet we would like to get next. This week, we got a bit closer to a decision. Here’s what happened.

Yesterday, when I picked The Five-Year-Old up from school, I noticed she seemed to be in unusually low spirits. Naturally, I asked how her day went.

The Five-Year-Old: “I almost cried after free choice time because no cats came.”

Not it. (Photo: H. Zell via Wikipedia)

Mommyo: “Do you have cats at your school?”

The Five-Year-Old, in great disgust: “No. Just hermit crabs. They are so boring. They just sleep all day. Boring boring boring. Hermit crabs are too boring to be pets. I think they should live free and in the wild.”

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 will focus on science, and how parents without a science degree can answer their curious child's questions without enrolling in a college level refresher course. In the meantime, you can find me blogging about life with a very curious Eleven-Year-Old at, chatting about books and the writing life at, and tweeting about books, writing, science, & things that make me smile at @shalahowell.
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One Response to The Five-Year-Old thinks about pets

  1. Pingback: In which we advance our pet search and have some fun with idioms | CATERPICKLES

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