My LOVING, MAGNIFICENT, MAGICAL Great-Grandmother — Maria Torromeo Cipro — a fierce, proud immigrant from Italy who helped supplement her little family’s income by serving as wet-nurse to several neighborhood children whose own mothers were unable to nurse them for whatever reason.

She is pictured here with her youngest son — my Great-Uncle Louis Cipro — who, according to family lore, was still enjoying the fruits of his lactating mother’s labor at the grand old age of four.

Sporting a big bow and rag-curls — because, after two sons (including my Grandfather Tommy), my Grandmother had desperately wanted a girl — Lou shamelessly reaches his tiny hand down the front of her humble dress with a smirk.

It’s GOOD to be da king.

Adams Avenue, Rochester, New York, circa 1926.


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 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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