Dirty Laundry This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

April 2, 2009
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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.”

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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brown.sugar said...
Aug. 10, 2010 at 7:03 pm
beautoful piece can you check out some of mine its in the poetry section.
Shelly-T said...
Aug. 10, 2010 at 3:21 pm
This is a beautiful piece; amazing job!
The_Blackest_Rose This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Aug. 10, 2010 at 10:42 am
Very beautifully written, especially since it is in second person! It takes a very talented writer to be able to pull off second person point of view, but you pulled it off wonderfully. Very believeable and very touching. Excellent!
Hippiechick10 said...
Jul. 30, 2010 at 7:42 pm
Beautiful, fantastic, so awe-inspiring.
Babylufin said...
Jul. 28, 2010 at 8:09 pm

Amazing! And soo true! Good work! Beautiful idea! Kudos!

Please take a look at my work, if you will? :D It would mean so much, but idk if it will be your taste! Lol.

optimisticpessimist said...
Jul. 26, 2010 at 6:55 pm
I love this! It's so true. I would appreciate if you could look at my work, thanks
wishingyouwerehere said...
Jul. 20, 2010 at 12:44 pm
This is amazing, I absolutely love it.  My only question is: Why did you decide to write it in second person?
swimmer295 said...
Jul. 19, 2010 at 3:35 pm
I love this.  It's a really powerful piece, and I especially like how you didn't use very many words to convey such a powerful message. 
lovetowriteandwatchTV said...
Jul. 19, 2010 at 12:26 pm

very good, i like a person a person that's the opposite nationality and it's hard when people think he's not good enough or something, thankyou for writing this peice it's very good.

if anyone reads this will you please read some of my stories, thanks :)

xxDreamingWriterxx said...
Jul. 19, 2010 at 10:36 am
I love the message that is sent here. My parents are the same, they don't believe in bi-racial relationships, not that I've ever had one, but the color of his skin wouldn't stop me.  My parents are part racist, and I hate it. This was an amazing story. Great job.
beckyboo(: said...
Jul. 19, 2010 at 12:39 am
Wow! This was beautiful writing. Kepp it up. This is amazing. It's all put togther perfectly! Wonderful work! (:
RavenBird said...
Jul. 19, 2010 at 12:04 am
Beautiful. I loved that, wonderful work.
Eatfoodzap said...
Jul. 13, 2010 at 10:10 pm

Wow, that was really beautiful! I love the quiet dread of the part with the shotgun, but them staying together. And the quote at the end- absolutely perfect! All in all, a wonderful little piece of writing!

Keep it up! ;D

ChowD This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jul. 2, 2010 at 12:47 am
wow! i love this! amazing rhythm. 
brunett97 said...
Jun. 28, 2010 at 6:41 pm
this is a very good story. sends a true message. you have talent. keep up the good work!
love the wrong one said...
Jun. 28, 2010 at 12:00 am
i love it you should the person you no matter what color they i love how you put it it ery strong.
mflower2 said...
Jun. 27, 2010 at 5:14 pm
This is a strong story. It sends a good message.
Xblue_raspberryX said...
Jun. 27, 2010 at 3:48 pm
wow this story is so sweet and in a way beautiful. i love how people dont care about the color of people. i hate rasists
waiting_to_be_found said...
Jun. 27, 2010 at 2:44 pm
Wow nice. I love the final quote. I love how you wrote it too... it seems so reserved, and it's a good style for what you had to say :)
palakThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. said...
Jun. 27, 2010 at 11:00 am
great job....i admire that you dont judge people by the color of their skin....hats off to you
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