What to Do with Granola Bars of Dubious Origin

Last weekend, I decided it was time to clean out our snack cupboard of all the open boxes of processed foods that we’ve tried and rejected over the past few months.

Mommyo, surveying the wasteland of rejected snacks: “The Six-Year-Old, do you like these Granola-Bars-of-Dubious-Origin?”

The Six-Year-Old, with feeling: “I hate them!”

Mommyo, musingly: “I bought them because Someone-We-Know loves them. But I don’t really like them either. Maybe I’ll put them in the car and hand them out instead of money to homeless people we pass on the streets.”

The Six-Year-Old, horrified: “What a terrible thing to do to someone!”

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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 Caterpickles.com, chatting about books and the writing life at BostonWriters.blog, and tweeting about books, writing, science, & things that make me smile at @shalahowell.
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3 Responses to What to Do with Granola Bars of Dubious Origin

  1. Cathy Gruetzke-blais says:

    That’s so funny!


    • Shala Howell says:

      Hi Cathy! How are you?

      The 6YO and I bought the mini-version of your Regal Rabbit from the Dedham Public Art Project recently, so we think of you and your girls (and your dog, of course) often.

      Hope you are all surviving the winter.


      • Cathy Gruetzke-blais says:

        yes, but cold and snowy! That’s nice that you bought one (I did too:) I am designing a window display with a scientist in Cambridge right now for the Cambridge Science Festival’s “Central Elements”…it will be about carbon. Event in April. Keeping busy! as are you!


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