Late Night at Caterpickles

It’s summer, so of course, it must be time to visit the Caterpickles Way Back Machine. Today’s story comes from the Summer of 2013, when The Nine-Year-Old was only Six.

Mommyo and Daddyo are watching binge-watching Justified late one night, when Daddyo hears The Six-Year-Old wandering about. “The Six-Year-Old, is that you?”

The Six-Year-Old, defensively: “I’m just getting a drink!”

Daddyo: “Are you giving out hugs?”

The Six-Year-Old: “No. I’m too soggy after my procedure. I couldn’t reach the clean cups, so I had to use my hands.”

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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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