The Five-Year-Old cooks breakfast

In other news, look what I found on my porch on Monday. Most romantic gift ever? (Photo: Shala Howell)

In other news, look what I found on my porch on Monday. Most romantic gift ever? (Photo: Shala Howell)

Last weekend, Daddyo decided to teach The Five-Year-Old how to cook scrambled eggs. And that meant teaching her to crack an egg. To be fair, The Five-Year-Old’s grandmother had taught her how to crack an egg when she was only four, but that was at least a year and a half ago, and The Five-Year-Old was out of practice.

On her first try, The Five-Year-Old cracked the egg perfectly, prompting a chorus of cheers from her doting parents. Elated, The Five-Year-Old smashed the second egg against the side of the bowl with great verve, sending lots of egg and shell into the bowl.

Daddyo, calmly poking at the chips of shell with a fork: “Hmm, I wonder if we should throw these eggs out. There’s too much shell in here.”

The Five-Year-Old, knowledgeably: “Yeah. Our recipe doesn’t call for shell.”

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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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