A DMV clerk just asked me to go sit down when I approached the counter with my almost-17 year old son. He then immediately shifted his attention to Hunter, took the paperwork that was handed him, and addressed my son as the adult he very nearly is. Wow. That was ballsy — and correct. His business was not with me. GOOD FOR HIM. Mama needs to step back and let her boy be a man. It’s just so hard to forget that he isn’t my little tiny dude anymore.


ps) Afterwards, I wiped my tears, went back to the same counter, extended my hand, smiled, and said, “Thank you, sir…more than you will ever know.” He cocked his head to one side, smiled back at me sweetly and said, “You are so welcome, mama. As parents, it’s both the hardest and most important thing we have to do: Let them grow and let them go.”

Profound lessons are everywhere — even at the DMV.

Our boy, Hunter…3 years and about 10 inches ago.

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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