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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Kelsey B. said...
Mar. 22, 2012 at 8:38 am
i really love this. great job.
Perfect_Darkness1398 said...
Mar. 20, 2012 at 2:04 pm
Great Job! I Love it, and the quote is really cool. I definetly know the feeling when your parents don't approve
NaomiStatia said...
Mar. 8, 2012 at 7:58 pm
OMG!! I love it! Short but sweet. Gets to the point....I LOVE!
billgamesh11 said...
Mar. 4, 2012 at 7:53 pm
Whoa! I love this! I think the last quote is just so perfect for the end of the article! Very original! Great Job and Keep Writing!!! :):):);)
kaitlin96 said...
Mar. 4, 2012 at 5:50 pm
AWESOME piece! Very discriptive!
IT_WILL_RAIN said...
Mar. 4, 2012 at 2:46 pm
hey this is reaaly good, that is so true about laundry being the only thing seperated by color, great quote.
Oh_coconuts said...
Mar. 4, 2012 at 1:30 pm
Oh wow....I am fairly new to teenink, and this is the first I've read from the site, and it's brillant. That last quote in the end, so powerful. I adore it :)
readaholic This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Feb. 28, 2012 at 3:22 pm
Oooo...I checked this out because I saw so many people had it favorited.  Now I can see why...If I may ask, who is the quote by?
CeCe-isMe said...
Feb. 28, 2012 at 1:51 pm
I loved the quote at the end. It is very true. Keep up the good writing!
MistrBrighterside said...
Feb. 14, 2012 at 9:08 am
Amazing! Discrimination is intolerable and this story implied that charmingly.
Sk8erGirl said...
Feb. 12, 2012 at 7:38 am
This story is one that I look for almost each time that I come online. It is so true, and I'm happy that someone is writing from this angle. Congrats on getting it in the magazine. It should be :)
Fakesmile said...
Feb. 11, 2012 at 7:36 pm
Great job, i loved the ending! But I have to ask, is this based off a personal experience??? Maybe not all of it, just pieces???? Ok, i'll stop being so nosey, still AMAZING job!!!!!
TheUntouchableShadow said...
Feb. 11, 2012 at 2:50 pm
i like the last line it has so much meaning. its amazing how one sentence can explane every thing that's going on
aem312 said...
Feb. 11, 2012 at 11:52 am
I LOVE the ending, it's so powerful. Great job!
Unknown0_0 said...
Feb. 11, 2012 at 11:42 am
Wow, this really is good!
mammothfrk said...
Feb. 11, 2012 at 10:42 am
Im..speechless. This is so good.
kairi.kaylyn said...
Feb. 3, 2012 at 10:36 am
Awesome, loved how you described things.
Mnm15 said...
Jan. 23, 2012 at 9:01 pm
Ah-ma-zing. I loved the whole thing :)
iHEARTtraveling said...
Jan. 23, 2012 at 8:18 pm
Amazing, love the irony given to the mother. More please!!!!! :)
Calligraphic said...
Jan. 20, 2012 at 11:59 pm
The quote blew me away. The concept was pictured perfectly. Amazing.
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