The Five-Year-Old Talks to Gran

St. Augustine. Not a volcano. (Collage of images of St. Augustine by Excel23, via Wikipedia.)

St. Augustine. Not a volcano. (Collage of images of St. Augustine by Excel23, via Wikipedia.)

One day last summer on our way home from showing Gran most of the Dedham bunnies, Gran and I got to reminiscing about other places we’ve toured together. Like St. Augustine.

The Five-Year-Old, excitedly: “St. Augustine? Is that a volcano?”

Gran: “No. It’s the oldest settlement in America.”

The Five-Year-Old, in great disgust: “Oh, the volcano theory is totally blown.”

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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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