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Dirty Laundry MAG

April 2, 2009
By Zero_K DIAMOND, Moosic, Pennsylvania
Zero_K DIAMOND, Moosic, Pennsylvania
83 articles 0 photos 435 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Life's no fun if you're not insane, otherwise you grow up to be an accountant." -Moi

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.”

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on Feb. 3 2012 at 10:36 am
MarissaWhitecloud SILVER, Oskaloosa, Iowa
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Awesome, loved how you described things.

Mnm15 BRONZE said...
on Jan. 23 2012 at 9:01 pm
Mnm15 BRONZE, Purcellville, Virginia
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Favorite Quote:
"Oy with the poodles already!"
"If you can't deal with me on my bad days you sure as hell don't deserve me on my good ones!"
"You know spies, a bunch of b****y little girls" I <3 Sam :)

Ah-ma-zing. I loved the whole thing :)

on Jan. 23 2012 at 8:18 pm
iHEARTtraveling, Greenwood, South Carolina
0 articles 0 photos 12 comments

Favorite Quote:
God will not look you over for medals, degrees, or diplomas, but for scars.
-Elbert Hubbard

Amazing, love the irony given to the mother. More please!!!!! :)

on Jan. 20 2012 at 11:59 pm
Calligraphic SILVER, Shavano Park, Texas
5 articles 4 photos 23 comments

Favorite Quote:
"A smile is a curve that sets everything straight." -Phyllis Diller

The quote blew me away. The concept was pictured perfectly. Amazing.

Fia-fia BRONZE said...
on Jan. 20 2012 at 8:50 pm
Fia-fia BRONZE, Bethesda, Maryland
4 articles 1 photo 157 comments
The quote is beyond amazing, the way you fit it in... the story is captivating... true... expressive... mixing the black and white. I love it! THis is just so beautiful and though it would seem sad, it has this rare quality that defies sadness even when sadness is embedded in the writing itself. THank you! :)

on Jan. 20 2012 at 7:11 pm
Bookworm1997 BRONZE, South Milwaukee, Wisconsin
1 article 0 photos 29 comments

Favorite Quote:
You cannot open a book without learning something. -Confucious

This story is good not only because it is well written, but also because of the strong morals it expresses. Great job!

on Jan. 20 2012 at 6:48 pm
ThursdayAngelus, Cherry Hill, New Jersey
0 articles 0 photos 14 comments
That was amazing! ...and i loved the line at the end :)

on Jan. 20 2012 at 2:38 pm
werewolfprincess GOLD, Ione, Washington
12 articles 0 photos 2 comments

Favorite Quote:
Death cannot stop love it can only delay it for a bit- the princess bride

this is one of the very best i have read so far keep up the work

on Jan. 20 2012 at 2:34 pm
phantomwriter95 SILVER, Rockville, Maryland
9 articles 0 photos 2 comments

Favorite Quote:
Knowing your strengths is knowledge.
Knowing your weaknesses is power.
(Self -written quote)

i like it simple short but conveys a lot of feeling

on Jan. 20 2012 at 1:04 pm
Jamers_smile GOLD, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
11 articles 0 photos 7 comments

Favorite Quote:
art should comfort the disturbed, and disturb the comfortable.

this piece is really well written, considering the perspective it's written in ( i know second person can be tough ) i think it's beautiful (: well done

on Jan. 16 2012 at 12:17 am
Pamplemousse SILVER, Gilbert, Arizona
7 articles 1 photo 69 comments

Favorite Quote:
"To be happy, Don't do whatever you like, Like whatever you do" -James Barrie (author of Peter Pan)

That is so beautiful and has such a great message. Really well written

on Dec. 29 2011 at 10:12 pm
writers_revenge BRONZE, Newport News, Virginia
1 article 0 photos 18 comments

Favorite Quote:
I think that I'm so psychotic and so mentally ill that if I could tap into that I could do something really interesting.
Megan Fox

Beautiful work

MargaretM.. said...
on Dec. 29 2011 at 1:10 pm
MargaretM.., Windsor, Iowa
0 articles 3 photos 2 comments

Favorite Quote:
There is a curve called Failure, a loop called Confusion, speed bumps called Friends, red lights called Enemies, caution lights called Family. You will have flats called Jobs. But, if you have a spare called Determination, an engine called Perseverance, insurance called Faith, a driver called Jesus, you will make it to a place called Success.

WOW amazing! Everything fits in so well! Wonderful work

Ella1 GOLD said...
on Dec. 29 2011 at 11:40 am
Ella1 GOLD,
14 articles 7 photos 137 comments
This is amazing. It is so beautiful

on Dec. 29 2011 at 12:12 am
TheCoffeeKitten BRONZE, Saugatuck, Michigan
4 articles 0 photos 32 comments
Beautiful message and writing--very deep. I like this piece very much. It's pretty easy to see how this got published in the magazine. Congrats. =)

on Dec. 17 2011 at 7:46 pm
musicluvr3 GOLD, San Diego, California
11 articles 0 photos 22 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Cry. It shows you care."

I love the theme and the quote... Well the whole story rly :) great job!!

on Dec. 7 2011 at 11:25 pm
MarissaWhitecloud SILVER, Oskaloosa, Iowa
7 articles 0 photos 84 comments
Wow. I really loved this article! Very well written!

freeforever said...
on Dec. 7 2011 at 7:28 pm

amazing story, so realistic and full of emotion. i love the perspective that you tell it from


on Dec. 7 2011 at 12:10 am
kaylarocks SILVER, AURORA, Colorado
9 articles 0 photos 33 comments

Favorite Quote:
"The more you take responsibility for your past and present, the more you are able to create the future you seek." - Author Unknown

Wow I love this article sooo much!! You did such a great job!! This quote can realte to many people and i like the fact that you put it in at the end... the only place it would actually fit


ILYx3 said...
on Dec. 5 2011 at 8:29 pm
ILYx3, Sydney, Other
0 articles 0 photos 13 comments
I love every sentence you wrote in the story. Its short but has a strong meaning. And that quote, i saw it at school lol. Great article to cure racism