Wordless Wednesday: The 8YO’s Amaryllis

This winter, The Eight-Year-Old got into gardening in a big way. The timing was a bit unfortunate, seeing as how we live in Chicago. But we got her an amaryllis bulb, and let her take full responsibility for tending it in our sunroom.

Didn’t she do a great job?

The Eight-Year-Old's Amaryllis. (Photo: Shala Howell)

The Eight-Year-Old’s Amaryllis. (Photo: Shala Howell)

I use the past tense, because shortly after this photo was taken and before I had a chance to correct the awkward angle, Canelo took a flying leap from the sunroom window and decimated the plant. The Eight-Year-Old has since forgiven him, but for a time their relationship was a bit strained.

All that’s left of the plant are the leaves, which The Eight-Year-Old is dutifully caring for, in hopes that the plant will try again next year.

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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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One Response to Wordless Wednesday: The 8YO’s Amaryllis

  1. Victoria says:

    My Facebook feed cut off the post at “I use the past tense, because shortly after this…” before I continued reading, I had a strong suspicion that the cat would be involved.


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