the smell of my desperation has become a stench


I don’t know how I skipped over this image that Kristi took for us, but I’m adding it to the stack of the ones I’m having framed. I used to play piano by ear when I was a kid, but I never really learned how to read the bass clef. I’d just listen to things and try to figure them out. I knew all the classic piano songs kids play (chopsticks, etc.), but there’s a more complicated one that my mom taught me and I still know every note. I don’t know the name, but it’s a lively, cheerful duet. I taught Leta the part that’s played on the higher notes, and sometimes when she’s frustrated with a song she’s trying to learn I’ll scoot her over and we’ll play this song to lighten the mood. Here we’re playing that song together.

I asked Marlo if there is a particular instrument she wants to learn how to play, and when she said, “The violin!” I almost had a heart attack. If this is indeed the case the people who make earplugs are going to have one very loyal customer.

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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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