the smell of my desperation has become a stench

Bird’s-eye view of The Wasatch Range

Last night on the descent into Salt Lake City from our weekend spent in Santa Barbara, I had Leta look out the window so that I could show her all the different places she’s been as seen from an airplane. Like, there is where Grandmommy lives, that’s where Joshua and Noah live, and that tall line of buildings there, that’s where Marlo was born. She thought that was kind of cool, but not nearly as cool as when we landed and the pilot slammed those engines into reverse and everybody and everything shot forward.

“THAT’S why they tell us to wear these seat belts!” she yelled.

“Yes, I guess that’s one of the reasons,” I said.

“I was trying to figure that out! It’s not like we’re going to crash into a car or a tree up in the sky. Why wear a seatbelt?”

Oh, Leta. This ability to critically think about things is going to get you a killer bachelor’s degree in English. That will be useless when trying to apply for a job.

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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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