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Dirty Laundry MAG

April 2, 2009
By Zero_K DIAMOND, Moosic, Pennsylvania
Zero_K DIAMOND, Moosic, Pennsylvania
83 articles 0 photos 435 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Life's no fun if you're not insane, otherwise you grow up to be an accountant." -Moi

He is your world. He is the one you would live and die for. You love the color of his skin – different from yours – the perfect balance between light and dark, day and night. You love the way he tells you he loves you. He says he'll marry you someday.

But your mom does not approve. You wonder every day how anyone can be so bigoted. Has she not felt the way you do at some point in her life? She doesn't understand, just rants and raves about your “taste in men” in that nasally voice you hate – the one she only uses when she's angry.

Later you sit on your bed, and turn up the volume on your iPod. “All the Same” by the Sick Puppies blasts through the ear buds.

Wrong or right … black or white … if I close my eyes … it's all the same.

Your mom has forbidden you from seeing him again, and Dad's taken to keeping a shotgun in the living room.

In my life … the compromise … I'll close my eyes … it's all the same.

You remember telling him you were afraid but that you wouldn't stop seeing him. He asked you to run away with him, just drop everything and run, figure it out as you went. But you said you wanted to wait and see if it would blow over. The look in his eyes was sad, as if he knew your parents would never accept him.

You hop off your bed and start shoving clothes into an duffel bag, making a trip to the bathroom for your toothbrush. You head to your desk and stare blankly at a piece of paper, pencil in hand. You write a quote that has been in your heart from the minute your parents told you that you were making a big mistake. It's short, but it's all you need to say.

You head down the hall to the laundry room. Your mom has piles of clothes on the floor, organized by color. You grab bits from every pile and toss them to the middle, creating a mound no longer separated into lights and darks.

Green, yellow, red, blue, black, white – all heaped into one huge pile. You lay your message on the top. It doesn't say who you're with or where you're going, but it wouldn't be hard to figure out.

“Laundry is the only thing that should be separated by color.”

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on Feb. 2 2011 at 6:21 pm
bonapoeta BRONZE, Capital Heights, Maryland
4 articles 0 photos 2 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Never say never."

I enjoyed the story, though short it was very full. It shows that there is still a hint of racial discrimination in the United States. In short simply loved it. Keep it up.

koolwords said...
on Feb. 2 2011 at 5:11 pm
koolwords, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
0 articles 0 photos 28 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Unless you put your whole meaning into something, it's a waste." -Yvonne Tindelll

Race is a relative concept and you described it in a very profecitional way. I think this could mean a lot to a lot of people.

on Feb. 2 2011 at 4:11 pm
BeccaKoko SILVER, Mason, Michigan
7 articles 1 photo 15 comments

Favorite Quote:
Jesus thinks I'm to die for<3

I absolutely agree 100%

Honey you ARE going places. I could see everything so clearly, feel her emotions, see her actions, and feel her heart. And such a clever ending! Luv it! Simply and naturally beautiful...<3

on Feb. 2 2011 at 11:48 am
meganwagner21 PLATINUM, Old Bridge, New Jersey
42 articles 0 photos 139 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Sometimes good things have to fall apart so better things can fall together." -Marilyn Monroe
"Nobody can go back and make a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending." -Maria Robinson

this is one of my fave pieces of writing on this website. fantastic job.

on Feb. 2 2011 at 12:05 am
MaysileeDonner BRONZE, Milpitas, California
3 articles 0 photos 14 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Too close, I thought. There was nothing wrong with fire... as long as you didn't stand too close."

I love how you hinted at things and made us figure everything out. niiiicccceeee <3

on Jan. 30 2011 at 2:06 pm
forloveofart BRONZE, Waddy, Kentucky
4 articles 0 photos 2 comments

Favorite Quote:
Every time we learn something, we suffer a sense of loss.

Absolutely stunning. Incredible message incredibly shared.  Good job!

Monjannah said...
on Jan. 25 2011 at 4:44 am
Waouw, it's good :)!

on Jan. 23 2011 at 2:51 pm
loveisafriendshiponfire, Montgomery, Texas
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Clary said...
on Jan. 21 2011 at 5:41 pm

WOW. I don't know what to say. this piece, wow, its just absolutly amazing. It is leaving me speachless. honey, you will go places! ;)

keep it up girl! you could be the next J.K. Rolling, or Cassandra Clare! keep it up!


Alia_Tan GOLD said...
on Jan. 11 2011 at 8:23 pm
Alia_Tan GOLD, Elk Grove, California
15 articles 0 photos 69 comments

Favorite Quote:
"I gotta right to sing the blues/
gotta right to moan and sigh/
I gotta right to sit and cry" From "I gotta right to sing the blues" By Louis Armstrong

agreed! "Laundry is the only thing that should be seperated by color" -epic quote!!

Alia_Tan GOLD said...
on Jan. 11 2011 at 8:21 pm
Alia_Tan GOLD, Elk Grove, California
15 articles 0 photos 69 comments

Favorite Quote:
"I gotta right to sing the blues/
gotta right to moan and sigh/
I gotta right to sit and cry" From "I gotta right to sing the blues" By Louis Armstrong

<3 love this! I feel like this except its like the other way around

awesome job on this!

on Jan. 11 2011 at 7:31 pm
SaMiLoVe97 SILVER, Okawville, Illinois
9 articles 3 photos 105 comments

Favorite Quote:
If it doesnt break your heart it isnt love, if it doesnt break your heart its not enough. Its when youre breaking down with your insides coming out.Thats when you learn what youre made of.-Switchfoot<3

Ahhh i love this!!! I sorta went through the same thing:P

teenpoet8 said...
on Jan. 11 2011 at 3:26 pm
Wow.....so emotional!  The ending.....woa....

Chris BRONZE said...
on Jan. 11 2011 at 3:26 pm
Chris BRONZE, Mars Hill, North Carolina
4 articles 0 photos 6 comments
This is very well done, I love the power behind your story

on Jan. 11 2011 at 11:14 am
Hollypaw18 GOLD, Brooklyn, New York
16 articles 0 photos 7 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Everyone is different, it's the natural state- it's the facts, it's plain to see. The world's gray enough without making it worse. What we need is individuality!"
- Billy Elliot's "Expressing Yourself"

Love it! It's gorgeous... :')

ellie315 GOLD said...
on Jan. 11 2011 at 1:02 am
ellie315 GOLD, South Pasadena, California
10 articles 0 photos 86 comments

Favorite Quote:
"And this, our life, exempt from public haunt, finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, sermons in stones, and good in everything." -- William Shakespeare

WoW! The ending was...spectacular to the least! I love how you mention the quote but don't give it to us until the end. I didn't guess as I was reading it that the parents dissaproved because of race...

This is beautiful. Do us all a favor and keep writing!

amaranth178 said...
on Jan. 11 2011 at 12:33 am
amaranth178, Washington, District Of Columbia
0 articles 0 photos 118 comments

I actually thought that the 'you-you,' was a thing to be appreciated as it is rare to find writers that correctly use the second-person point of view. It takes a sort of talent to complete a story in this point of view without losing the reader or rambling with descriptions.

It may or may not have been the best point of view for this idea, but that decision is always, ultimately, up to the writer.

I enjoy the honesty of the story. It is short but to the point and addresses a serious issue in a way that seems relatively straightforward. It's interesting, relatable, and descriptive without being overbearing. Good job ^_^


on Jan. 8 2011 at 5:22 pm
TheContentedWanderer94 GOLD, Tallahassee, Florida
18 articles 0 photos 25 comments

Favorite Quote:
Happiness is as a butterfly which, when pursued, is always beyond our grasp, but which if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.
- Nathaniel Hawthorne

This was beautiful! It really left the impression of how racially diverse couples feel. I loved this! Thank you and keep writing!

on Jan. 4 2011 at 10:18 pm
higherlove811 BRONZE, Bay City, Michigan
2 articles 1 photo 7 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Don’t fall in love with your own words. There are more where those came from."- Degani

Ah, love this! So relatable, down to earth, it's excellent really. The message at the end is so pure and true<3

Jennay. said...
on Jan. 3 2011 at 10:01 am
Jennay., Spotsylvania, Virginia
0 articles 0 photos 14 comments
I absolutely love this because it’s exactly how I feel. I’m in the same situation, only she has no clue that the guy she knows as my best friend is actually my boyfriend to. My parents are so strict about white interracial relationships, it’s ridiculous. I do just bow it off and not let her get any hint or idea anything more is between my best friend and ‘I’. Sure, I love her but I love I’m too. Family does come first but not in this case because they are both equally important to me. As for the song ‘All The Same’, it’s my favorite by the Sick Puppies. The music video is outrageously moving. It shows a ‘Free Hugs’ campaign and I believe it represents everyone and anyone can join together and be friends no matter what. Love conquers all, including color/race. “Laundry is the only thing that should be separated by color.” <-That quote made my day, along with this article (: