Wreck This Journal: Eat Your Fruit!

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While some pages in Wreck This Journal invite serious destruction or thought provoking creativity, others are just funny. One page in particular gives directions to collect fruit stickers. I don’t know why, but I found this pretty amusing as fruit stickers are usually a nuisance instead of an item worth collecting. Leave it to Keri Smith to make fruit stickers fun!

As somebody who eats fruit for lunch every day, I filled up my page pretty quickly. The organic apples I eat actually have two stickers – the typical round one with a bar code, number code, and name of apple and a long yellow sticker labeling it as organic.  Apples are my favorite, (Gala and Fujis in particular) so naturally most of my stickers comes from apples! However, I do have a couple of oranges mixed in there, too. I suppose one of my great faults is not eating enough fruit, but it’s not because my grandma didn’t tell me to.

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Apples, apples, and more apples!
Photo by: c.b.w. 2014

Grandma’s page is filled with a wide variety of fruit stickers. She’s got everything from bananas, strawberries, apples, and oranges.  Grandma always had a piece of fruit with  her meals – breakfast in particular. At night she’d snack on bananas. She always offered me some, but I could never get her to understand that I don’t really like bananas!

When I was a kid, she would slice up an apple and put it out as a snack while my sister and I were playing. To this day, I’ll only slice up an apple when I want a treat (usually I just bite into a whole apple). It still feels special to eat an apple in slices because that’s the way she made it.

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Apples, oranges, and berries, oh my!
Photo by: c.b.w. 2014

Grandma broke the rules a little bit and collected stickers for vegetables, too. Her green pepper sticker really gets my memory going. She had a great recipe for stuffed green peppers and they were delicious! I’ve made them a couple of times, but they’ve never turned out quite as good as hers. When she made meatloaf, she always put a couple “rings” of green pepper on the top. Grandpa always scooped them off as soon as the meatloaf hit the table. Like her stuffed peppers, Grandma’s meatloaf was magnificent. I miss it like you wouldn’t believe!

I always promised Grandma I’d eat more fruit, but then I see chocolate. Sorry, Grandma, I’ll keep trying!

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c.b.w. 2014

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14 thoughts on “Wreck This Journal: Eat Your Fruit!

  1. This is one of the pages in Wreck This Journal that intrigued me because it’s so random and nonsensical. :)

    I’ve looked at that book at least a dozen times but I’ve never been able to convince myself to buy it because I’m a bit of a completionist and I know I’d lose my mind because of the pages I wouldn’t want to do (like, “Take a shower with this book”…um….no).

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  2. I find a ton of sense in this post… :) taking joy in our fruits and veggies…honoring them with a page, perfect sense.

    I just love the part about sliced apples…your story and your grandmother…so special. I’m grateful for what you share here. Thank you.

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    • That’s a good way to look at it. Good food deserves honor and attention – so often we take it for granted.

      I love how this journal is reminding me of forgotten things. Each page makes me think of something I haven’t thought of in years. It’s truly remarkable. :-)

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  3. I love your taste in apples! (I have some Galas ready to be washed and put in the bin in the fridge.) And I’m with you on bananas. My distaste for them mostly comes from an unfortunate accident involving a blood sugar plunge and Sprite (note: NEVER have Sprite and bananas together!), but I was never keen on them before that either.

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