This is a picture of my Mother and me. She calls and describes me as her “Mini-Me.” She is my best friend and I can tell her anything. We are very close and I know that I can always count on her to be there for me whenever I need her. My Mother, Melodie C. Ray, has two children biologically, a third by self-proclamation; that’s a story for another day. Anyways, she has always been quite protective and she has always said we are her life and if anyone hurts us, they hurt her. I am the youngest, and her baby girl. My mother likes when her girls are home with her and she knows where we are at. However, for the past couple of years, my sister, Emily, has been back and forth to college and to boyfriend’s houses; but on school nights, she comes home to sleep. She still likes staying at home every now and then. However, if you’ve met my sister and I, you will know that we are two VERY different people. I am more independent, and I am more comfortable being on my own, which brings us to the main idea of this week’s post. I made a very important decision this past week: I am moving out. Yes, you heard me right! MOVING OUT! I have decided to move closer to school here in Cartersville. I am looking for an apartment by myself and I am so excited. I have even started looking at Wal-Mart and Target for decorations and stuff that I can put in the apartment! So what’s the downside? My Mother is pretty much freaking out. I mean, yes, she supports me, she is just not happy about it. I feel bad for leaving, but I told her that I want to try and be on my own for a while; and I know that if it gets too hard for me, I can always move back. I just feel bad that I’m leaving too since my sister is never really home. I love her to death, and i don’t want to upset her, but I just feel as if this is something that I really need to do. I love my mom, and she will always be a big part of my life, whether I live at home or on my own.