goat beach!

Gregory and I spent the long holiday weekend in a U-Haul, driving between Los Angeles and San Diego, moving The Baby Goat home for the summer, until she starts school at Cal State Long Beach in the fall. We spent all day Saturday packing up all of her precious and treasured things and saying goodbye to her best friends, Chelsi and Linze, with whom she shared a house near San Diego State.

When we were all loaded up and ready to drive off into the next exciting chapter of this amazing young woman’s life, I stopped for a moment to get this shot of the wall above their cozy, little dining room — and pondered for a moment the house-proud mama who long ago went and bought paint and dragged a step ladder over to lovingly enshrine this sweet sentiment over the sacred space where her little family once gathered to share food and the events of their days…and how it couldn’t POSSIBLY have occurred to her at that moment that some wretched, irreverent, HILARIOUS, Jackalian college students would come along one day and make it their very own.

Welcome home, Beautiful Baby Goat! You are adored and we are SO proud of you.

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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