More fun with idioms

Gratuitous view of Chicago by the sea. (Photo: Shala Howell)

Gratuitous view of Chicago by the sea lake. (Photo: Shala Howell)

Overheard in the bike lock aisle of our local Target on a recent Saturday…

Mommyo, sentimentally: “Daddyo, fourteen years ago today we were packing for our trip to Hawaii… or scurrying about for a marriage license or something.”

The Six-Year-Old, distractedly: “What?”

Daddyo, soothingly: “Mommyo’s just taking a trip down hypothetical memory lane.”

The Six-Year-Old, sweetly: “Aah, I’d like to sit in that lane.”

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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, 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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  1. Pingback: The sweetness of six-year-olds | CATERPICKLES

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