Stilwell Junior High School, West Des Moines
Dear Mrs. Supplee,
Your book, Artichoke's Heart, squeezed its way into my heart like the juice of an orange
coming out of the actual fruit. It helped me realize that there is more to life than gaining weight.
As I read the book, I started
to notice the many similarities Rosemary and I shared. For example, neither
one of us would've been able to lose weight if it weren't
for someone or something. We also tried to avoid the popular people at school so we wouldn't
get harassed about our weight.
We both were devoted to losing weight once we started, even if it included unhealthy
In fact, Mrs. Supplee, I was so
devoted to losing weight, I started to watch documentaries
about what goes into the food we consume daily, and it wasn't pretty.
Hamburgers often contain the organs of a cow, chocolate
contains cricket legs, and
the water we drink isn't all the best. I realized that eating ice cream and cake everyday
was very unhealthy.
By the time we had reached American
Eats, the diner down the road from the mall, I'd had enough of my aunt's haranguing and my mother's
I’m-staying-out-of-this silence. Just to show them who was boss, I ordered a slab of chocolate
cake and an extra-large order of curly fries and chocolate milk.
This paragraph was one of the first parts of the book where I didn't feel too good about being
fat and miserable. I thought
about how life would be different if I didn't consume that extra 300 calories every day. I
could be healthier, happier, and much more fit if I stopped eating so much. Reading this sentence made me realize that becoming
fatter was not something I wanted to do.
Reading Artichoke's Heart helped me realize that there is more to enjoying
life other than eating delicious
goods. For example, there's that good feeling
of being healthy
right after finishing a thousand yard swim in fourteen minutes.
Before, I would eat a bunch of junk food and
feel miserable. Well,
I know better now. After completing this book, I started to look forward to swim practice
every day, and to Physical
Education as well.
I learned a lot about a girl's struggle with weight and body image from Rosemary. Thank you, Mrs. Supplee,
for helping me realize that food isn't everything.