the smell of my desperation has become a stench

Conversation in the car somewhere in Nevada to pass the time

“Leta, who are all those princesses in the books I bought you Santa gave you for Christmas?”

“There’s Belle, aaaaand Cinderella, aaaaand Ariel.”

“Who else?”

“There’s Aurora, aaaaand Snow White, aaaaand Jasmine.”

“Is that all of them?

“No, there’s also Mulan, aaaaand Hoca Palas.”


“Hoca Palas.”

“Who’s Hoca Palas?”

“She’s the pretty princess with the things.”

“The things?”

“Yeah, with the stuff and the things.”

“Wait a minute, are you talking about Pocahontas?”

“Yes, Hoca Palas.”

Hoca. Palas.”



Heather B. Armstrong

Hi. I’m Heather B. Armstrong, and this used to be called mommy blogging. But then they started calling it Influencer Marketing: hashtag ad, hashtag sponsored, hashtag you know you want me to slap your product on my kid and exploit her for millions and millions of dollars. That’s how this shit works. Now? Well… sit back, buckle up, and enjoy the ride.

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