The 40-40: BWI to Kansas and Back Again


Kansas City International Airport

“Forty for me and forty for you,” said the Jumping Bean.

I took a deep breathe and smiled. “I said 15 of each kind,” I replied back.

“I did 10 of each kind for both of us, Mom.”

I did what any mom would do, we loaded them up in our backpacks and headed off to the airport to visit our super-awesome family.

I was sure there was no way we would leave eighty  Stop. Breathe. Smile. magnets between Baltimore and Kansas City. Do you know what? Between my stealthiness and the Jumping Bean’s trust in other people, we did it!

If you found a Stop. Breathe. Smile magnet on a chair, in a restroom, on a table, or stuck a trash can–I did it. When blonde child came up to you and asked you to take a magnet or sat one on your suitcase–The Jumping Bean did it.

Thank you for your willingness to receive small tokens of gratitude and love and, of course, for your smiles. You are all in our pockets.


S’more Manhattan
The silliness that is our family


About Jules

Prairie-born artist learning to live in the trees and creating paradise in our backyard while listening to the music of a big-hearted, growing boy discovering the world and writing a few songs of her own.
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4 Responses to The 40-40: BWI to Kansas and Back Again

  1. xandrmule says:

    I’ll admit this seems like a very interesting concept. At the least, it’s nice to see a fellow Marylander doing something selfless for a change. You must be a transplant here.

    • Thank you. I am a Maryland transplant. I’ve lived on both coasts and in the middle to the U.S. The pace of life in Maryland is faster than anywhere else I’ve ever lived. I have met a lot a amazing people here by looking a little deeper into the culture and stopping to breathe and smile. Interestingly enough, people at Baltimore were more open to receiving magnets than People in Kansas City.

  2. Alexandr Mueller says:

    I wonder if that’s because people in Baltimore have a greater need for smiling. Or maybe they’re already about to smile because they’re at the airport to leave Baltimore.

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