My Fat, Orange, Childhood Hero


Everyone has or had a childhood hero. For me, it was Garfield and Scooby Doo. These two wacky characters made me what I am today. Watching Shaggy and Scooby eat until they burst, and reading comics about Garfield eating the universe always made me hungry. Every time I watched an episode of Scooby Doo, or reread my Garfield comics, I would empty the fridge. Of course, someone eventually told me that if I wanted to eat like this, I also needed to learn to cook. So I thought “Hey why the heck not?” and started watching the Food Network on Netflix. Between binging on the Scooby Doo Show, spending my Saturdays at the library laughing at Garfield pushing Odie off tables, and boring my friends with rants about how great the show Chopped is, I became, well, me.

When I saw Garfield eating something like a turkey dinner, I would say to myself “Hey, that doesn’t look half bad!” These characters pushed me to try new things that I may never have thought I would ever like.  Shaggy pushed me to my first and last try at bean dip. If you’re a parent reading this, and you have a young child, get him or her into one of these characters. You will either turn your kid into the obsessed kid that eats too much, or the handsome guy that can cook.

I hope you liked this post about how a fictional orange grump turned me into who I am. Do you have a similar story?  Tell me about it in the Comment Box and follow to get posts straight to your inbox. Thanks for reading!


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