Blue Doors and Nose Rings This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

January 20, 2010
When I was younger and I lived just a few blocks from school, I always walked there. It wasn't very far and to this day, I remember every road I took. One especially stands out in my mind.

It was a long street with a strip of garages, the doors all a rusty red or brown. Except for one: it was blue. Not the shade that brings images of an infant's bedroom, but a bright, dashing blue that called out to every passerby, “See me!”

I did. Passing it every day made it a familiar landmark, and over time a friend. Eventually, I gave it a smile and a silent wave on my daily journey.

I moved away when I was 12 and never returned. I don't know if that garage door is still blue, if anyone else waves at it anymore. What happened to its owner. I wonder what possessed him or her to paint that door blue instead of brown like the rest.

I wonder the same thing whenever I see someone with unearthly pink hair or extra-large tattoos. What makes people want to stand out? Some would say insecurity, that the girl with three nose rings who laughs loudly at everything is really a shaken child inside. But how would they know? Is she really? Or are they just jealous that they never had the kind of courage to be the pink-haired person?

I think a part in all of us wants to paint our doors blue. To make a sixth-grader ­wonder who you are.

I know I do.

This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.

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moonshine11 said...
Jun. 6, 2011 at 7:50 pm
This essay was very well written with many analogies that followed your topic. I would have liked for you to include more sensory details and extend the essay itself in order to deepen the understanding of the idea you want to give to your audience.  However, this essay conveyed an excellent idea about standing out. Keep up the good work!!!
zozo1325 said...
Apr. 24, 2011 at 8:09 pm
This is very well writen. I love how you grew off of something most people would deem too simple and, therefore, insignificant and made it into something deep and meaningful. Great work. 
gugs29 said...
Oct. 11, 2010 at 9:01 pm
I read this article a while ago and i cant get it out of my head its very good
sundancer said...
Jun. 13, 2010 at 12:11 pm
This is incredibly well written! The only complaint I have is that its too short:)
laraelizabeth This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Apr. 26, 2010 at 11:36 am
This is incredible.
Sesquipedalian said...
Jan. 31, 2010 at 11:01 pm
All I can say is WOW
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