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My Favorite Shirt MAG

January 19, 2008
By Anonymous

Love. It’s a simple but overused word. I love you. I love this song! I absolutely loved that movie! The word doesn’t mean much anymore, not to most. Some people scoff at it. We throw it around like a used shirt, wearing it because it’s comfortable, safe, and secure, but never truly understanding why we have it. We lend it out, forget about it, and years later, we think, “Hey, I really liked that shirt.”

But do we care? No. It’s probably gone now, thrown away because of a rip or sold for $3 at a garage sale. We forget; it doesn’t matter after that.

Then we see the world fall apart. From the safety of our living rooms we watch amateur video on the news or Internet, and sometimes we feel so helpless and alone we’re not sure what to do. We cry for the inhumanity, scream for the injustice, and wonder why the world is this way. We think we can change the world; we know we want to help those who need it most … then we remember that T-shirt we threw out years ago.

We want it back; we fight and scramble for it. We go out and buy new shirts, try them on, but none seems to fit. We’ve lost it – we’ve lost love. We are unnerved for a bit; we sit alone and beat ourselves up for letting it go. Then we just we shrug it off. We say, “I’ll do it later” or “I’m too busy.” I’m guilty of it too: “I don’t have the right resources” or “I’m too young” or “No one will care.” And it seems as if no one does. With high school students only bent on the next party or who’s dating whom, you wonder if, in the end, their shirts were ever worn.

Is my generation going to save the world? We try, a small group of us, but our shirts are faded among the bright colors of greed and the everyday and the wanting. We are pushed into the background. We try to push our way through the crowds, and we truly wonder: where has the love gone?

I don’t want my love to fade; though my shirt is tattered and worn, I wear it daily. I am honest and open, and when I say that simple, dead, four-letter word, I mean it. I know I’ve made mistakes with it in the past and I almost threw my shirt away; I carry it carefully now. It’s close to my heart, where it’s meant to be. I do lend it out every once in a while – I let those who need it try it on and feel the safety that I feel. I leave them pieces when I go, but my shirt never seems to tear. It stays just as simple as it ever was.

When the time comes, I will stand alone in this world and stare into the eyes of those with the shirts of greed and want and lust, and I will know that even though mine is not the most beautiful shirt in the crowd, it’s among the best.

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on May. 24 2011 at 6:07 pm
MissArcher BRONZE, N. Bonneville, Washington
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Yes, we do have girl power. Guys can only give us the option to throw away our shirt, or give it away. Chin up girls!!!

OneHotMeS4L said...
on May. 19 2011 at 7:09 am
OneHotMeS4L, Cinci, Ohio
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Amazing article. Great way to write.
Perfect way to get people to see your perspective! :)

on May. 12 2011 at 7:59 pm
ninjajump BRONZE, Harrisonburg, Virginia
3 articles 0 photos 13 comments

Favorite Quote:
life is the greatest gift, but it is also the heaviest burdon

that was a great story.. really made sense to me

on May. 10 2011 at 8:28 am
ashley1012 BRONZE, Glasgow, Kentucky
1 article 0 photos 36 comments

Favorite Quote:
Come askin for it and you will get

i so agree we do have girl power

on May. 9 2011 at 8:51 pm
SilverDropsofLife BRONZE, Mt. Holly Springs, Pennsylvania
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Boys don't force you to use that "shirt."  You're better than them.  GIRL POWER.

on May. 9 2011 at 8:50 pm
SilverDropsofLife BRONZE, Mt. Holly Springs, Pennsylvania
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This gave me chills.  Very, very well done.  Thank you.

cheyennem said...
on May. 2 2011 at 11:07 am
cheyennem, Parkesburg, Pennsylvania
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this is very very true love is a very overused word and i agree what this says

on Apr. 30 2011 at 5:55 am
GoldenEagle SILVER, Ahmedabad, Other
8 articles 0 photos 10 comments

Favorite Quote:
Those who joyfully leave everything in God's hand eventually find God's hand in everything.

It was par excellence.. Amazingly written.

on Apr. 29 2011 at 5:52 pm
Amor-Y-Palabras SILVER, Springfield, Illinois
5 articles 0 photos 38 comments

Favorite Quote:
"We must use the weapon of love. We must realize that so many people are taught to hate us that they are not totally responsible for their hate." -Martin Luther King Jr.

This. Is. Amazing. I wish I could write this well.

I can't think of anything that should be changed, deleted, or added.  It made perfect sense and really made me think:  What kind of shirt do I wear, and is my shirt my favorite shirt?


on Apr. 26 2011 at 1:47 pm
apurplechick BRONZE, North Little Rock, Arkansas
3 articles 0 photos 16 comments

Favorite Quote:
"love all hate few trust none" by william shakespear


on Apr. 26 2011 at 1:44 pm
apurplechick BRONZE, North Little Rock, Arkansas
3 articles 0 photos 16 comments

Favorite Quote:
"love all hate few trust none" by william shakespear

my shirt too is faded and torn. my shirt has been drug through the mud,stolen and then returned with many burns and bruises. i share my shirt with very few people...... very good poem

on Apr. 23 2011 at 10:05 am
twix.n.pixi.stix7 GOLD, Stewartsville, New Jersey
11 articles 0 photos 32 comments

Favorite Quote:
"you can dream big
or you can dream small
the important thing
is that you're dreaming at all"
~me! haha i wrote that :)

very nice, super creative metaphor!!

on Apr. 19 2011 at 2:28 pm
ashley1012 BRONZE, Glasgow, Kentucky
1 article 0 photos 36 comments

Favorite Quote:
Come askin for it and you will get

well i am one of those people that use love more than i need to but boys have used me so yeah :)

on Apr. 11 2011 at 1:36 pm
Libra97 PLATINUM, Salem, Oregon
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Great metaphor!  I feel the same way you do and feel that this article is better than I could have put it into words.  Love...a tattered t-shirt.

on Apr. 10 2011 at 8:13 pm
samiikay SILVER, Olive Hill, KY, Kentucky
5 articles 0 photos 7 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Happiness, you see, its just an illusion of Fate, a heavenly sleight of hand designed to make you believe in fairy tales. But there's no happily ever after. You'll only find happy endings in books. Some books."
-Ellen Hopkins

this is absolutley amazinggg! i loved every word of it. your soo talented!

on Apr. 10 2011 at 4:30 pm
ClaraRose SILVER, Glasgow, Other
7 articles 0 photos 108 comments

Favorite Quote:
"It's not what we are born, but what we grow to be."

"you think that because I am Poor, Obscure, Plain and little, that I am Soulless and Heartless. I have just as much soul as you and full as much heart"

This is probaly the best piece of writing on that i have read on this site so far, everything was perfect for me the style, grammar everything you are clearly very very talented

on Apr. 6 2011 at 2:14 am
kaitlynnbreanne BRONZE, Sun City, Arizona
4 articles 2 photos 2 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Fiction was invented the day Jonas arrived home and told his wife that he was three days late because he had been swallowed by a whale." - Gabriel Garcia Marquez

I truly, deeply, sincerely mean this when I say I love this article. This article has summed up almost everything I feel, and the metaphor was just stunning. I'm positive no one would have ever compared love to a tattered, worn shirt, but now that it has, it makes so much more sense. The metaphor is so fantastic, I'm sure in a couple years it will become cliche, and then you will have to create an even better one. (:

DeathAngel13 said...
on Apr. 4 2011 at 8:43 pm
DeathAngel13, Pellston, Michigan
0 articles 0 photos 4 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Expect the Unexpected" "Dont judge a book by it's cover"

I love this! I feel the same way, and i think this is a great article! great job!

on Mar. 28 2011 at 12:12 pm
jbaker0184 BRONZE, Brromfield, Colorado
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Its like your username love is ued a lot.

on Mar. 19 2011 at 10:25 pm
Allthegoodnamesaretaken BRONZE, OKC, Oklahoma
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Favorite Quote:
Through every dark night, there's a bright day after that. -Tupac

whoa man. isn't that a lil too much trouble to go to for a shirt. lol jk. this is getting 5 stars from me. :)