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How did grapefruit get their name? Why do cats have three eyelids? And why are they called wisdom teeth anyway? Today I answer multiple questions briefly in the hopes of clearing the decks a bit before summer. Continue reading
This week’s Throwback Thursday post was originally published on April 12, 2012, when The Nine-Year-Old was only five. Sometime last year, The Five-Year-Old discovered the highly informative children’s book series “The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About That.” The … Continue reading
Thanks for tuning in for another special holiday edition of Caterpickles thinking too hard about words. This week, we’re wondering just what it means to “troll an ancient Yuletide carol.” But first, we need to clear up a few thing about last week’s post first. … Continue reading
While we were driving through Orland Park one fine December day in 2014, we passed the Kris Kringle Haus, a holiday pop-up store specializing in European and American-made Christmas goods.* It was obvious to The (then) Seven-Year-Old that this merry … Continue reading
Last week, my daughter’s choir performed at her Lower School Assembly. Naturally, Daddyo and I went. The price of enjoying our daughter’s warbling came at the very end of the assembly when we were all invited to join the holiday … Continue reading
Wouldn’t you love to know why The Nine-Year-Old asked this question? Yeah, me too. Sadly, this question came up during my annual August vacation, and while I dutifully wrote it down to answer later, I failed to include any information … Continue reading
The other day, while cleaning out The Nine-Year-Old’s room, I came across her Top Secret Cat File. In it was a supply list with two items: “1 kindle of kittens, 1 clowder of cats.” Seeing this, Mommyo’s mind had a question: “Is a … Continue reading
A week or two ago, I finally got around to telling The (now) Nine-Year-Old the answer to the question her Four-Year-Old self had asked about the rules for when Y was used as a consonant, not a vowel. She listened politely until I … Continue reading
I still remember the stormy March day almost five years ago when my daughter learned that not all vowels were constants. A, E, I, O, and U are always vowels, but that Y is a trickster. Sometimes he’s a vowel, sometimes he’s not. This … Continue reading
On the way home from her swimming lesson this weekend, The Eight-Year-Old asked: “What is bliss?” Daddyo responded by showing her this picture: The Eight-Year-Old: “Oh, it’s like total happiness! Canelo’s body is a smile and he’s wearing a smile!” Here endeth … Continue reading