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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 Mar. 19 2011 at 6:36 pm
DaydreamBeliever GOLD, Lockport, Other
15 articles 4 photos 140 comments

Favorite Quote:
If you live to be one hundred, I want to live to be one hundred minus one day, so that I'll never have to live without you. -Winnie the Pooh

That's so true. Even the littlest thing to you can mean a lot to someone else. :)

on Mar. 19 2011 at 6:35 pm
DaydreamBeliever GOLD, Lockport, Other
15 articles 4 photos 140 comments

Favorite Quote:
If you live to be one hundred, I want to live to be one hundred minus one day, so that I'll never have to live without you. -Winnie the Pooh

I love it! That's exactly how I feel about my place in the world. Forgotten and unimportant.

Beautifully written :)


on Mar. 19 2011 at 2:50 am
MusicLuvsUs BRONZE, Salem, Oregon
1 article 3 photos 8 comments

Favorite Quote:
My so called life where the boy I like actually likes me back. A girl can dream, can't she?

After I was done reading this it made me think of the line in the song, "Chasing Cars" by Snow Patrol, "Those three words are said too much, but not enough." It expresses the same thought and it's one of the lines that made me fall in love with that song. I really enjoyed reading this because it made me think about the fact that people flant aroung saying "hate" too much also.

on Mar. 17 2011 at 10:46 am
BitterSweet1993 SILVER, Bronx, New York
5 articles 0 photos 35 comments

Favorite Quote:
Love is only a dirty trick played on us to achieve continuation of the species. ~W. Somerset Maugham, A Writer's Notebook, 1949

Amazing! <3

on Mar. 12 2011 at 11:35 pm
ilovedayna BRONZE, Story, Wyoming
3 articles 4 photos 77 comments

Favorite Quote:
i love you

okay, just decided to say this since we're like, on the subject. last school year i was on the bus and this kid kept telling this girl things like 'shut up no one likes you' or 'i hope you die' and stuff like that and she started crying so i went and sat by her and put my arm around her and i think that she will remember that because the next day she told me that it helped her, and i think that sometimes people need to have love shown from people they hardly know because that's the strongest sermon that someone out there cares for you. she was a foster child, and moved shortly after, and so i hope that she remembered that someone cares. i think that even if you don't love someone, you need to tell people you do because that could be what saves their life. 

on Mar. 12 2011 at 11:28 pm
ilovedayna BRONZE, Story, Wyoming
3 articles 4 photos 77 comments

Favorite Quote:
i love you

but even if the stains don't come out i hope you always learn from them. those stains will always hurt to think of but it gets easier over time, and if you have people to help you it fades the stains.

on Mar. 12 2011 at 11:23 pm
ilovedayna BRONZE, Story, Wyoming
3 articles 4 photos 77 comments

Favorite Quote:
i love you

i agree that god is love but i also agree that this piece is beautiful. posted twice since i like it so much

on Mar. 12 2011 at 11:20 pm
ilovedayna BRONZE, Story, Wyoming
3 articles 4 photos 77 comments

Favorite Quote:
i love you

haha you LOVE it? funny you say that. Good job, i really really like it (i would say love, but you know)! the metaphor is really awesome, and it totally hits on what your point is. i totally agree.

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on Feb. 25 2011 at 6:37 pm
jazzy16 BRONZE, Germantown, Maryland
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You're story is great! Good metaphor and I never thought of it that way. It's really cool how you took such an ordinary everyday thing and related it to something that perhaps we wear out everyday.

on Feb. 25 2011 at 4:47 pm
AthenaBook SILVER, Arlington, Virginia
5 articles 0 photos 36 comments

Favorite Quote:
You should not live the way the world asks, but the way that you ask of yourself.

WOW! Great story; I really liked how you tied it to the real world in such an obvious, yet hidden, way. Fabulous job!

on Feb. 25 2011 at 3:23 pm
StayClassy1 SILVER, Stockton, California
5 articles 1 photo 40 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Buy me food so i know it's real"

My boyfriend agrees with you. He think the word 'love' is overused by teens and adults! He only sais, 'love' when he REALLY means it.

on Feb. 25 2011 at 9:44 am
grammargurl BRONZE, Marshalltown, Iowa
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This is so true. The shirt is an excellent metaphor for love, because people use and abuse their clothing and throw it out not really caring that it is gone. Many teenagers do this with love; they tell people they love someone, not caring what happens in the future. They just have someone now.

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on Feb. 9 2011 at 9:05 pm
Ehwaz11 BRONZE, Hopkinton, New Hampshire
4 articles 0 photos 17 comments

Favorite Quote:
"It's important to remember that we all have magic inside us."
- J.K. Rowling
“Oh, dead man, you’re dead wrong,” I tell him. “The world goes on stupid and brutal, but I do not. Can’t you see? I do not.” -Andi Alpers, Jennifer Donnelly

great overall metaphor:

"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."

 

we'll be standing beside you!


on Feb. 3 2011 at 3:50 pm
paleteenager PLATINUM, Fountain Hills, Arizona
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I really praise the use of a metaphor, however I do think that you wore it out to a certain extent. You are an amazing writer though, I'd love to see more metaphors!

on Jan. 28 2011 at 12:54 pm
Chuckney BRONZE, London, Other
2 articles 3 photos 16 comments

Favorite Quote:
"You cannot be lonely if you like the person you’re alone with. " Wayne Dyer.

I like your sentiment to a degree and your writing is nice, except I think the shirt metaphor is being stretched a bit far and it would have been better to ease up a bit. Good piece though.

on Jan. 24 2011 at 7:20 pm
TheBeautifuUglyStupidJerk SILVER, Blue River, Oregon
5 articles 0 photos 12 comments
We're reading this kind of stuff, opinion stuff for school. Yeah its really good! I love it. I like  how you refer it to a shirt

on Jan. 19 2011 at 9:39 am
HisPurePrincess ELITE, Flemington, New Jersey
132 articles 33 photos 482 comments

Favorite Quote:
What things there are to write, if only one could write them! My mind is full of gleaming thought; gay moods and mysterious, moth-like meditations hover in my imagination, fanning their painted wings. But always the rarest, those streaked with azure and the deepest crimson, flutter away beyond my reach. ~Logan Pearsall Smith

really like this, they way it's written in awesome, and the idea is awesome!  keep going!  :)

on Jan. 18 2011 at 5:29 pm
Anabelle BRONZE, Orion, Illinois
4 articles 0 photos 9 comments

Favorite Quote:
\"There is always some madness in love. But there is also always some reason in madness.\"
Friedrich Nietzsche

the metaphor of love and the shirt is really clever. it makes it very easy to understand and relate to =]

on Jan. 12 2011 at 6:35 pm
go_green100 BRONZE, Winnipeg, Other
2 articles 0 photos 6 comments

Favorite Quote:
Don't take life too seriosly, you never get out alive anyways.

The usage of language is really good. This is  one of the most cleverly and artistically written article. It is just awesome !

on Jan. 12 2011 at 2:33 pm
marzapan PLATINUM, Westchester, Pennsylvania
48 articles 0 photos 27 comments

Favorite Quote:
"do not lead me unto temptation, i can find the way my self" rita brown
"die fish Hitler die" jake: homestuck
"My only friend growing up was a yak." -Russia (Hetalia)
"Pants are your first priority." -My friend

well, u see, heres the thing, they may be trying to find out wat love is, but it dousnt meen they have to give their shirt away every time a new crush comes into their lives