It has been SEVENTY YEARS this month since this EXTRAORDINARY young woman left this world a much richer place by having honestly chronicled her short, gorgeous, tragic life while she was here. She only got 15 years — but in that blink of an eye…she changed the world.
I read Anne’s diary when I was eight…and, for me, the earth shifted on its very axis. Inspired, I started my own diary the VERY DAY that I finished hers and count it as the exact date that I officially became a writer. It was from reading the hopeful words of Anne Frank — whose powerful, delightful voice reached forward across time and space, all the way into the heart and head of a little brown girl curled up in a yellow bean bag chair in Fresno, California — that I first realized we ALL have something valuable, incomparable, irreplaceable, and unforgettable to contribute to the EPIC song that is this wonderful life.
All my love and gratitude to the modern, indomitable Miss Anne Frank…who, I fervently believe with all my heart, would have LOVED THIS MEME.
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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I loved her too! 70 years. She’d still be alive today, I’m sure of it.