Jedi Word Tricks

The caffeine consumption at Caterpickles Central has gone up considerably since we decided to move to Chicago. Mommyo’s alone has more than doubled. Naturally, The Six-Year-Old is eager to get in on some of that sweet caffeinated action before things get back to normal around here. She has been lobbying hard to add Coke to the list of Approved Afternoon Treats.

Alec Guinness as Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars: Episode IV.

Alec Guinness as Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars: Episode IV.

Daddyo finds the prospect of a caffeinated Six-Year-Old quite alarming. Mommyo, as Final Arbiter of All Things Treat, is less concerned.

Mommyo, reassuringly: “Don’t worry, Daddyo, I’ve been holding my feet to the floor on that one.”

Daddyo, channeling Obi-Wan Kenobi: “That is not the idiom you are searching for.”

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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