The Five-Year-Old writes to Santa

In the middle of writing a letter to Santa, something rather unsettling occurred to The Five-Year-Old: “Mommyo, when Santa brings you kitties, are they already spayed?”

Mommyo: “Yes.”

The Five-Year-Old, crossing out something in her letter to Santa: “Oh. I don’t want one from him then.”

Mommyo, curiously (kittens have been on The Five-Year-Old’s Christmas list for months now): “Why not?”

The Five-Year-Old, matter-of-factly: “When my kitten grows old, I want it to have one litter of one kitten so that I will always have something of it around.”

Something more than this. Cozy in his favorite spot. (Photo: The Five-Year-Old)

Something more than this. Cozy in his favorite spot. (Photo: The Five-Year-Old)

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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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