Trekking across Hoth

Our forecast today. 29F, high wind warning, snow flurries. Feels like 15F. Balmy! (Source:

Our forecast yesterday. 29F, high wind warning, snow flurries. Feels like 15F. Balmy! (Source:

One of the wonderful things about living in our new neighborhood is that The Six-Year-Old and I get to walk to and from school every day. Any day it’s above 10 degrees outside that is. Normally, I love it. Exercise built right into my day. Nothing special I have to do to accomplish it, and The Six-Year-Old is a really fun walking buddy. Especially in winter. So many snow fights…

But yesterday, I just wasn’t feeling it. What with the wind, rain, snow melt, ice, and sludge, the sidewalks are a mess.

Imagine walking through 2 miles of this. (Photo: Shala Howell)

Imagine walking through 2 miles of this. (Photo: Shala Howell)

Mommyo, surveying the ice pond below our window: “The Six-Year-Old, I think today is a good day to drive to school.”

The Six-Year-Old, persuasively: “But Mommyo, how can I pretend I’m trekking across Hoth if I’m in the back seat of the car?”

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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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4 Responses to Trekking across Hoth

  1. rayworth1973 says:

    I used to work in it every day! I feel your pain. Kind of hard to imagine Hoth though, strapped in the back seat though…


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