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My Grandma This work is considered exceptional by our editorial staff.
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"Everyone was with her when it happened, " Mom said on the ride home from the airport. “She left saying she would be in our hearts forever.”  I for one was overwhelmed. It was all too sudden, as if a tsunami had hit my head. My ultimate... (more »)
The Last Goodbye This work is considered exceptional by our editorial staff.
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I take one last glance around the empty, quiet room. The room that used to be my bedroom. But no longer. The bags have been packed, the moving van is loaded. My parents and sisters are waiting outside now while I say one final goodbye to the... (more »)
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All By My Little Self
By , Copeland, KS
Life is a puzzle. This thought resonates in my mind as I try to connect two puzzle pieces that clearly should fit; but they don’t. “Look! I did it!” shouts the seven-year-old, sitting in front of me, “I made the... (more »)
I Don't Want to Be a Size Two
By , New York, NY
All my life I've been picked on about my weight. "You're never going to be able to lose weight." "So if you don't drink soda, why do you look like that?" "Oh you know you want to eat that." "Fat ass." I've heard it all.. and let me tell you..... (more »)
When Dad Goes to Prison This work is considered exceptional by our editorial staff.
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The plastic orange chair creaks beneath me. The friction in my jeans makes my skin itch. Other kids my age prance around playing tag. I sit, patiently, with my hands resting under my thighs, occasionally bobbing my head from side to side,... (more »)
We're Different
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The hallway swam with adolescents exasperated and apathetically digressing toward their next destination.  Down the clogged arteries of teenage society, I strained to see above the bobbing heads. I clutched my books to my chest and dove... (more »)
Your Perfect Daughter This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.
“Honey, would you please pass the corn?” “Mom, I like girls.” I heard you cried once when I was born and again when I murdered your perfect daughter The daughter who would marry a cleanly shaven, witty young... (more »)
Shaken This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.
My foot hits against the bar beneath my desk as I listen to the tapping of fingers on computer keys around me. The clock ticks slowly toward 2:30. I glance outside at the gray skies of Chengdu, China. I can’t wait for this class to end so... (more »)
The Kitchen: A Place of Love This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.
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I’ve never liked kitchens much. A thick fog hangs perpetually over ours, and a symphony of clanking pots, kettle whistles, and popping bubbles is performed day and night. The messes in my kitchen are like the piles of grass left after the... (more »)
My First CD This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.
Everyone knows that one album. It’s the one you starved yourself for a whole week to save up lunch money to buy. It’s the one you blasted at 1 a.m. as you jumped around your room or punched your pillow, eager to gush out all... (more »)
OJ and Mahogany This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.
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The paint was infused with the great poison known as lead, but we didn’t know that yet. The wire and piping, almost all of it, failed some sort of safety regulation, but we didn’t know that yet. The landlord charged a ludicrous... (more »)
Do You Remember? This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.
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Do you remember that time when I ran into your kitchen, slammed my empty ice cream mug onto your counter, and jumped into your embrace? Even though my feet were already ten feet off the ground, the spoon was still banging against the rim of the... (more »)
Lesson Learned
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We still tried to call it love after it broke us. I missed all the good times, but I knew those would forever be memories and the good times were over. I tried to live two years of my life thinking somehow this twisted relationship would work... (more »)
Close One Door to Open Another This work is considered exceptional by our editorial staff.
I stood in the airport, beside my mother, watching the floor. In my peripheral vision I saw shapes moving hurriedly past, as people went on their ways, each heading a different direction in the world. My hands were jammed in my pockets; even... (more »)
Family
Now that my baby sister was recently born I look at my mom and I see her struggling with having to stay home all-day and taking care of a baby. She wants to go out she wants to clean the house, do something, but she can't. A couple... (more »)
The First Time I Saw The Sea
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September 2014 will definitely hold an honored place in the time line of my life.  Before all of this though, I should tell you that the Atlantic sea is quite an anomaly. But no, I suppose the proper definition of anomaly is,... (more »)
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