Grandpa takes The (then) Six-Year-Old to the beach

I miss summer. (Photo: Shala Howell)

I miss summer. (Photo: Shala Howell)

The Seven-Year-Old, proudly: “And I dug out all that too.”

Grandpa: “You dug out all of that? You don’t even have your shovel. You could have dug all the way to China if you’d had your shovel.”

The Seven-Year-Old: “Maybe not.”  (pause) “I’m just too realistic for you, Grandpa.”

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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 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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