Driving while parenting, Episode VI

The other day while we were driving down one of Chicago’s highway, we were passed by a Hummer. Not just any Hummer, but a special one, one that had been tricked out to sit high up on its axle, like one of those Monster Trucks.

Not the car we saw, but it'll give you the idea. Apparently, jacking Hummers up on their axles is a thing. (Photo: Cardomain.com)

Not the car we saw, but it’ll give you the idea. Apparently, jacking Hummers up on their axles is a thing. (Photo: Carphotos.cardomain.com)

Daddyo, slowing down a tad to allow the souped up Hummer to pull away:  “If I drove one of those, I’d be afraid of tipping because of the really high center of gravity.”

Mommyo, critically: “It can’t be that fuel efficient, either. I mean, that thing’s not very aerodynamic.”

The Seven-Year-Old, sagely: “That explains why the lane behind the Hummer is empty.”

Mommyo: “I guess no one wants to be behind it.”

The Seven-Year-Old: “When it runs out of gas.”

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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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2 Responses to Driving while parenting, Episode VI

  1. And this was a marvelous chuckle on Saturday morning. I just burst right out and said, “Right on.”


  2. Pingback: Driving while parenting, Episode VII | CATERPICKLES

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