the smell of my desperation has become a stench

Can I get a holy crap?

Because everyone who has seen this painting of Leta (original photo here) pretty much utters that very phrase. Or, “How on earth?” Or, “There are no words.”

The artist is Kristina Laurendi Havens (her Etsy shop is here), and she sent this with a note that she had been wanting to paint a portrait of Leta for some time, and when she saw this photo she knew it was the inspiration. My mother almost stole this so she could hang it in her own home, because this? This is the essence of Leta.

I’m going to try to commission a work of Marlo so that I can hang them together in the hallway outside their rooms. I so wish I was this talented.

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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