If you wish to fully understand where I come from and all that I am…what you must first know is this:
My birth, my life, my story, MY VERY FUCKING EXISTENCE…
is based on a GRAND and GLORIOUS GRIFT.
SO GODDAMNED PERFECT.
In the end, the truth always rises, like smoke, until it is, at last, free. No matter the shadows and the shame that protected it and cloaked it for so long, when the truth finally shows its radiant face, it is always lovely and shiny and welcome and whole…because it is THE TRUTH.
Thank you for bringing me to this place. Thank you for this shimmering, improbable existence. Thank you for the gift of THE TRUTH. Thank you for giving me your life, your love, your heart, your magic. Thank you for including me in your destiny. Thank you for being a handsome bastard. Thank you for saying YES.
Nothing goes away.
(Photograph of my BEAUTIFUL HEPCAT teenaged father, Tommy — Rochester, New York, circa 1952)
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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