In which I begin to explain the recent Great Silence

(Photo: Shala Howell)

The Six-Year-Old and her Daddyo walking through Central Park during the Great Deluge of 2013. Shortly after this photo was taken, Central Park was the site of a thoroughly impressive flash flood. The Six-Year-Old was up to her knees in water, and had to be held on to rather tightly to prevent carrying off. Of course, she had a plan for that. “I’ll just turn my umbrella upside-down, Daddyo, and ride in it like Winnie-the-Pooh.” (Photo: Shala Howell)

Long-time readers know that it is not my practice to burden either of us with a long post on Saturdays, but since I haven’t posted since June 5, I feel as though I should take a moment to explain the Very Great Silence before returning to Caterpickles as usual.

I’ll try to keep it short. This month, instead of posting to Caterpickles, we:

  • took a train trip to New York City
  • graduated from Kindergarten (well, the Six-Year-Old did–Daddyo and I just cheered her on)
  • shed half our stuff
  • put the rest of our stuff in storage
  • sold our house
  • swapped out our two existing cars for one new one
  • broke in that new car with an extended road trip through Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Indiana
  • moved to Chicago

So, a few things have been going on. Any day now our life will get back to normal, and I’ll be able to tell you about it in more detail. With pictures. Because of course, the other thing that happened is that The Six-Year-Old got a new-to-her grown-up camera and has been busily documenting everything as Caterpickles’ Official Junior Photojournalist.

And as soon as I remember where I packed the cable I need to talk to her camera, I’ll share her pictures with you. In the meantime, you’ll have to make do with mine.

Every once in a while, it becomes quite obvious that The Six-Year-Old was at least partially raised by cats. (Photo: Shala Howell)

Every once in a while, it becomes painfully obvious that The Six-Year-Old was at least partially raised by cats. (Photo: Shala Howell)

So, what’s been going on in your neck of the woods?

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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