the smell of my desperation has become a stench


Today I put off a set of errands I needed to run until after Leta got out of school so that she could come with me, and as a reward for being so pleasant while sitting though an endless string of traffic lights I let her pick out a book on our trip to Costco. She thoroughly inspected the entire book display, thumbed through everything, and then declared, “I want something with a lot of words.” And then she promptly turned her nose up at several different Disney Princess sticker books BECAUSE THEY DIDN’T HAVE ENOUGH WORDS. We finally settled on a Barbie-themed page turner, one with a plot and character development. I wanted to nuzzle her neck right there in the middle of that warehouse and go WHO’S MY LITTLE NERD, WHO?!

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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