This tiny, delightful creature — who will be THREE on Saturday — is the love of my life. The fact that she gets swaddled in a soft, sweet-smelling receiving blanket and held and sniffed and kissed for several hours a day, just like someone who emerged from my very own vagina, means two things:
1) SHE’S A LITTLE BABY, and
2) There is something SERIOUSLY FUCKING WRONG WITH ME.
Many years from now, as per my wishes, her ashes will be mixed in with mine and Gregory’s…and we will all be together forever — lounging on a cloud, knitting, playing Weboggle, and watching Antiques Roadshow until the end of time.
Mama loves you, Pearlie Mae!
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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