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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 Jul. 15 2011 at 12:15 am
CatieKorn BRONZE, Shiloh, Illinois
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Favorite Quote:
"A writer only begins a book. A reader finishes it." -Samuel Johnson

I love this story! The ending was perfect!

Cubster BRONZE said...
on Jul. 11 2011 at 1:44 pm
Cubster BRONZE, Lindstrom, Minnesota
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Favorite Quote:
"You may be on the right track but you'll get run over if you just sit there."

This is really amazing! I love how she has the guts to leave.

on Jul. 9 2011 at 12:15 pm
Norma-Bernard GOLD, Moosic, Pennsylvania
14 articles 2 photos 26 comments

Favorite Quote:
"When a door closes, somewhere out there a window opens."

My teacher (u know her zero_k) read it in class and i fell inlove with this. Soooooo good! can you give me lessons i writing? cuz ur doing ah-maz-ing! Keep it up girly.



on Jul. 6 2011 at 11:24 pm
Allis-in-Wonderland PLATINUM, Cartersville, Georgia
38 articles 1 photo 63 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Sometimes people leave you...halfway through The Wood. Do not let it grieve you...No one leaves for good. You are not alone, for no one is alone." -Into The Woods

I had feelings for a guy who was of a different color and my mom didn't approve! great writing!

on Jul. 6 2011 at 7:41 pm
queennels17 PLATINUM, Wellington, Florida
21 articles 8 photos 25 comments

Favorite Quote:
The sun is out but it's still dark outside.

Amazing feelings!!!!!

on Jul. 6 2011 at 5:17 pm
Dragonfly_Girl PLATINUM, Pleasant Hill, California
21 articles 0 photos 25 comments

Favorite Quote:
Life is not waiting for the storm to pass, but learning to dance in the rain.

This is amazing! I love the message and really relate to it. Keep writing!

Halcyon said...
on Jul. 6 2011 at 3:18 pm


( I liked it.)

on Jul. 6 2011 at 2:25 pm
collegegirladventures GOLD, Mequon, Wisconsin
10 articles 8 photos 307 comments

Favorite Quote:
A poet's work is to name the unnameable, to point at frauds, to take sides, start arguments, shape the world, and stop it going to sleep.

~Salman Rushdie

oh, wow! i got the whole message in that last phrase "laundryis the only thing...". the parents wouldnt accept him just because of his skin color. i loved the work all together. good job

on Jul. 6 2011 at 1:54 pm
abnormal PLATINUM, Jonesboro, Georgia
24 articles 8 photos 44 comments

Favorite Quote:
Truth is eternal. Knowledge is changeable. It is disastrous to confuse them.

-Madeleine L'Engle

Amazing!!  Very inspiring!!!

on Jul. 6 2011 at 11:48 am
RisaLovesYouu GOLD,
13 articles 6 photos 7 comments

Favorite Quote:
Don't settle for a spark.. light a fire.

AMAZING, Fell in love with it. <3

on Jul. 6 2011 at 12:49 am
KristinHopkins8 SILVER, Aspen, Colorado
7 articles 0 photos 83 comments

Favorite Quote:
"If a writer falls in love with you, you can never die"

very clever quote! and what a message, I think this is the best article I've ever read on teen ink!

kt315 said...
on Jul. 3 2011 at 11:23 am
kt315, Aurora, Colorado
0 articles 0 photos 3 comments

Favorite Quote:
“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.”
Maria Robinson quotes

that was absolutely beautiful! and so original! you are an amazing writer and i can't wait to read more of your stories!

TinyV BRONZE said...
on Jul. 3 2011 at 1:04 am
TinyV BRONZE, Birmingham, Alabama
1 article 0 photos 1 comment

Favorite Quote:
This is your world.
Shape it,
or someone else will.

Amazing. Just amazing.

on Jun. 14 2011 at 9:06 pm
RanaHewezi1998 SILVER, Ames, Iowa
5 articles 0 photos 63 comments

Favorite Quote:
"I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I've ended up where I needed to be."
-Douglas Adams

that was just BEAUTIFUL! i love the message behind this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

on Jun. 14 2011 at 6:20 pm
AlyssaFama SILVER, Kunkletown, Pennsylvania
5 articles 0 photos 60 comments

Favorite Quote:
Most people want to be the sun that brightens your day. I'd rather be the moon that shines down on you in your darkest hour.

this was great. keep up the fantastic writing!

on Jun. 14 2011 at 6:08 pm
Alya_O.o BRONZE, Bikini Bottom, Other
1 article 0 photos 5 comments

Favorite Quote:
Knowledge is power.

I don't usually like romance....but I liked how this was different! It was not sappy or sicky-sweet but still touching and moving. Keep it up!!

WriteItOff said...
on Jun. 14 2011 at 5:11 pm
WriteItOff, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
0 articles 0 photos 15 comments
Absoulutley beautiful, never change, your an amazing author!

caprifox97 said...
on Jun. 14 2011 at 5:03 pm
Wow... I loved this, even whent as far as reading it to my family. I used to have two friends one white one colored, niether like me much any more. It was not my fault that they didn't like each other, nor was it my colored friends fault that niether of us knew my white friend was rasist. She hid it well, or so she thought, we overheard her talking saying nasty things about my colored friend.... my white friend gave me an ultamatum... one or the other, I refused to pick.... I shouldn't have to.... You are right though discrimination is wrong, and this peice is AMAZING!!!! thank you, I can only hope that pople like my white friend will realize that one day.

on Jun. 14 2011 at 4:03 pm
that's really cool i love your connection!

on Jun. 14 2011 at 11:24 am
Alice_in_Wonderland GOLD, San Clemente, California
16 articles 0 photos 620 comments

Favorite Quote:
“I could give up, I could stay stuck, or I could move on, So I put one foot front of the other, No no no nothing’s gonna break my stride, “ –David Archuleta (The Other Side of Down)

Wow! Great job! I especially love the quote at the end. Great job and you are right, people judge and discriminate others too much! :) Keep Writing!