Still more dialogue I’d like to use in a book one day

Husband wakes at 4:30 a.m. to find his wife gone. Investigating, he finds her slumped on the couch in the living room.

Husband: “What’s wrong?”

Wife, miserably: “I dreamed that the roof sprang a hundred leaks, and I couldn’t get hold of any roofers and my insurance company wouldn’t answer the phone and every time I got a pot under a leak, a new one sprang up and no one would help me.”

Husband, sympathetically: “I’m sorry, dear.”

Wife: “Also, I was married to my sister.”

Husband, wryly: “Personally, I would have made that the headline.”

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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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One Response to Still more dialogue I’d like to use in a book one day

  1. Mom says:

    this is priceless… you must find a way to use it.

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