When you are raised poor or in perpetual economic peril, no matter how much money you may ever have in your life, you’re always expecting to have your credit card denied, to have your check bounce, to have your power shut off, to be evicted, to be discriminated against, to be judged, to be arrested. My husband — a Jewish doctor’s son who was raised solidly in the Upper Middle Class — finds it an absolutely mindboggling, inexplicable habit, but to this day, I still religiously save all of my store receipts — not just because I might need to return something…but to have as an alibi should I ever be wrongly accused of a crime. That class insecurity never goes away. Ever.

About muffybolding

Muffy Bolding is a mother/writer/actor/knitter/feminist/withered debutante who likes the smell of asparagus pee, and remains obsessed with the bathroom hygiene of her three children -- despite the fact that they are 23, 19, and 16. She is blissfully married to a cute Jewish boy who looks like Willie Wonka, but remains tragically in love with the dead poet, Ted Hughes. She has the mouth of a Teamster, and her patron saint is Rocco (pestilence relief.) Ms. Bolding lives in Southern California, where she enjoys typing words, making movies, and plucking the rings from the fingers of the dead. She was the co-creator and Editor-in-Chief of the award winning satire zine, Fresno Lampoon, and in between writing screenplays, carnival barking, and savagely threatening her trio of darling larvae with a wooden spoon, she currently publishes the zine, "Withered Debutante." More of her work can also be found in the anthology, "Mamaphonic: Balancing Motherhood and Other Creative Acts", the compilation zine, "Mamaphiles III: Coming Home", as well as in The Cortland Review and hipmama.com. She is currently writing and producing for film and television, and working on a book of essays entitled, "Inside A Chinese Dragon." She has slept around, but not nearly as much as she would have liked.
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