The Six-Year-Old goes bowling

The Six-Year-Old waits for the results of her last throw. (Photo: Shala Howell)

The Six-Year-Old waits for the results of her most recent throw. (Photo: Shala Howell)

The Six-Year-Old simply adores candlepin bowling. And I adore her running commentary as she does it.

The Six-Year-Old bowls, hoping as Six-Year-Olds will, for a strike her first time out. Her ball travels oh-so-slowly down Candlepin Alley toward a pristine set of 10 pins. The Six-Year-Old, anxiously: “Oh I hope I get it!”

The ball gutters at the very end of the lane. Not a single pin falls.

The Six-Year-Old, in great disgust: “Oh! I was robbed! Great job being robbed, Six-Year-Old!”

No really. She truly does refer to herself as the Six-Year-Old. Perhaps the blog is actually taking over her life.

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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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