the smell of my desperation has become a stench

Marlo and Ella

Last night we roasted marshmallows around the campfire, and Marlo as usual ended up on Ella’s lap. Ella is Chris and Carol’s 12-year-old daughter whom I met when she was just two. She has grown so much since the last time I saw her, and her nurturing instinct is strong. She’s very gentle and patient with Monster Marlo who has taken to traveling better than I thought she would, although she has had a few monumentally awful breakdowns. Totally understandable given she’s out of her normal routine, bedtimes are all over the map, and everyone is subsisting on a steady diet of sugar.

Even though it’s been pretty intense and nonstop, this vacation has already been a success. It’s been lovely to spend this time with old friends, and I hope to make this an annual tradition.

Minnesota and Wisconsin, I like you.

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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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