In which The Five-Year-Old tries to come to terms with Daddyo’s Very Great Age

165 million year old fossil of the Nephila jurassica, an orb weaver spider that lived during the Jurassic. (Photo from Selden et al., 2011.)

165 million year old fossil of the Nephila jurassica, an orb weaver spider that lived during the Jurassic. (Photo from Selden et al., 2011.)

It’s been quiet around here lately, but that’s only because I’ve been sidetracked by work on my book. Things will get back to normal next week once this lovely burst of creative energy subsides. In the meantime, The Five-Year-Old has a question.

The Five-Year-Old, politely: “Daddyo, can we have a conversation?”

Daddyo: “Of course.”

The Five-Year-Old, curiously: “Were you alive before spiders became abundant?”

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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, 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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One Response to In which The Five-Year-Old tries to come to terms with Daddyo’s Very Great Age

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