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Mom have you seen my new shirt Dad can you please fix my window - its jammed My parents - my heroes They were just a door down the hall and never too far away Whether it was repairing my window or doing my laundry my parents had been my backbone my whole life As my spine curved toward adulthood and I hesitantly waved farewell to my teenage years I was pressed with the grueling task of moving out on my own Could I take my parents with me No - moving out just wasnt about leaving behind the Barbies and the frilly fuchsia bed spread it was about growing my own backbone even if I had to do it one vertebra at a time As I grew older I had to learn to be more artistic with my money With the age of nineteen looming over my head my parents would furnish me with the basics and food I thought I might be prepared for life on my own since I paid for a few clothes and luxury items here and there But nothing prepares for how little money you have while living on your own my bank account will never scream in frustration as it did in the first few unbalanced months in my new apartment I no longer have money to buy the newest pair of shoes at Holt Renfrew and even my favourite white chocolate Starbucks mochas are a thing of what went before I have never had to bend my back so hard before as I do now Leaving my parents and their somewhat important bank account has taught me to be fiscally graceful and that white chocolate mochas arent that important anyway Supporting myself unwilted my back and I soon felt my first few vertebra snap into place After becoming somewhat comfortable with my financial situation it was time to do laundry That was easy on my Mom and
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