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Blah Blah Blah This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

By Katryna S., Brooklyn, NY

     When my mom speaks, it’s not my fault that all I hear is “blah blah blah.”

Because that is what she’s saying.

“I’m going out,” I say, and she looks at me in a sad way, shaking her head in confusion; I don’t think she understands me. I wonder why I bother announcing these things.

I slide across the floorboards of the entryway onto the porch. Rod is already waiting for me. I push aside the oleander-white sneakers on the shoe rack for the black, moth-eaten ones hidden behind them. Their soles are

so thin I can feel the texture of the ground. There’s a hole near the back. For some reason, this seems to bother Rod more than me. Once, I tried wearing the new white sneakers, but he stopped me, “You’ve always worn the other ones,” he said.

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11 comment(s)
Fiction- I can relate to the poem, ”Blah Blah Blah”. When my mom talks to me I don’t pay attention most of the time. She even says, “ When my mom speaks, it’s not my fault that all I hear is “blah blah blah.” At least I’m not the only one.
Nov. 06, 2015 at 11:41 AM • Report
So this seems like a good story, with a good idea but it does seem to be a little at a loss for explanation. I guess the idea of the blah's are that she can only hear people of her 'age', like as a child (under 18) she couldn't hear her mother, but as an adult she could hear her mother, but not her boyfriend (under 18). I suppose maybe the box is seen as a 'childish' thing, because thats kind of the idea I get from her only hearing the blah's. The only thing I wonder about is why he was taken from the room... Please correct me if I'm wrong with this explanation. Keep up the good work!
Dec. 09, 2014 at 1:16 AM • Report
interesting story with an unexpected ending...!!
Jul. 21, 2013 at 6:07 PM • Report
What was in the box?!
Mar. 11, 2013 at 10:05 AM • Report
we're all worried about an explanation for blah blah and ur worried about what was in the box? :D
Mar. 11, 2013 at 10:36 AM • Report
*sniffles* it could be important, ya never know! I wanna know! XD
Mar. 11, 2013 at 8:10 PM • Report
I wanna know! *sniffles*
Mar. 11, 2013 at 8:11 PM • Report
*smile* but what if it doesn't really matter what's in the box? what if the whole point was that her friend couldn't talk to her anymore? :D but it is making me curious...
Mar. 12, 2013 at 11:31 AM • Report
are you curious about the box or the blah blah?
Apr. 24, 2013 at 8:55 PM • Report
i think the box... and blah blah, like i want to know what they said.
Apr. 25, 2013 at 11:45 AM • Report