Classic Caterpickles: “Does Santa spend the rest of the year sleeping?”

It’s the day after Christmas, and like Santa, I’m taking the day off to spend with my family. Which makes it a perfect time to run a Classic Caterpickle…

Mommyo, admiring her daughter’s new pink and brown Dawson Crocs: “Boy, The Four-Year-Old, Santa did a great job with those shoes. They sure are cute. I wish they came in my size.”

The Four-Year-Old: “Ask Santa!”

Mommyo: “I can’t. He’s done for the year. You know he worked really hard on Christmas Eve. I’ll just have to wait.”

Slight pause, then…

The Four-Year-Old: “Does Santa spend the rest of the year sleeping?”

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, 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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