Chapter 3

Bedtime with Badger and Coyote

“If today had been a fish, I would have thrown it back,” Eliza thought as she headed home that evening. Sometimes it felt like she was less of an executive and more of a babysitter. When she got home, she found the usual chaos and mess. Her two young daughters were bustling with energy, and her husband, who had arrived home just moments earlier, seemed oblivious to all of the commotion. Over dinner, the girls jockeyed to talk over each other in sharing the events of their day. They were lively, loud, and showed no signs of quieting down.

After the children had been excused from the table, Eliza’s husband, an architect, tried chatting with her about his day. She sat, saying very little. When he asked ...

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