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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JuneTaz said...
Nov. 15, 2011 at 7:19 pm
This totally deserved to be in the magazine. Everybody's getting more an more racist these days- but when I finished reading this, I felt enlightened by the reality. We're all people. The laundry part was a great addition. Five stars, all the way.
Mystiecub said...
Nov. 15, 2011 at 6:00 pm
5/5. Good job :D
Posiedensheartbreak said...
Nov. 15, 2011 at 3:41 pm
This is such an amazing and inspiring story but I have to ask what inspired this?
Sparkora said...
Nov. 15, 2011 at 2:56 pm
Amazing, original, clever analogy:)
ThePeaceDaisy said...
Nov. 15, 2011 at 1:40 pm
Wow...it's awesome! I totally felt the emotions. The quote is true, "Laundry is the only thing that should be seperated by color" <3
sasha luvs u said...
Nov. 15, 2011 at 12:04 pm
I luv this story
Adnama said...
Nov. 15, 2011 at 10:00 am
Wonderful! I loved it.  You need to continue writing.
bookbelle said...
Nov. 15, 2011 at 8:50 am
Beautiful, incerdible, the kind of story that makes you feel for the characters.
J.DS. said...
Nov. 15, 2011 at 4:31 am
Very nice. Check out my stuff? :)
olivevines said...
Nov. 14, 2011 at 2:06 pm
If this story was a person I'd marry it.
JamieNicole said...
Nov. 14, 2011 at 8:51 am
Amazing. I may only be 13 but I can tell you have a future ahead of you I just wanted to read more and more.
emma_holla said...
Nov. 12, 2011 at 8:37 pm
That took my breath away.
emma_holla replied...
Nov. 12, 2011 at 8:38 pm
(In the best way possible.)
TheGirlWhoDancesWithSnowflakes said...
Nov. 9, 2011 at 11:11 pm
Wow. This made me a bit emotional. This is a personal matter for me, because this perfectly describes my mother and my father. My dad is black and my mom is white. My mom's dad actually told my mother that if she married my dad, he would never associate with her or her family ever. Hence why I don't know my only living grandfather. Good job. I'm so adding this to my favorites.
loveylol said...
Nov. 9, 2011 at 2:11 pm
nice story i love it alot
sunriseusnset said...
Oct. 30, 2011 at 10:12 pm
romeo & juliet? but, i really liked it. i love the whole dirty laundry comparison.
Bryce said...
Oct. 28, 2011 at 9:51 am
I think this is very kinky how your laundry and the shotgun is involved
kait94 said...
Oct. 26, 2011 at 9:23 pm
wow just wow! loved it sooo amazing how that one quote can have soo much impact.
Lundyn said...
Oct. 24, 2011 at 8:31 pm
This is amazing.!
Zantesha said...
Oct. 24, 2011 at 5:56 pm
this reminds me of the time i was with someone that was of a different race, && it touched my heart...especially the ending line <3 :]
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