The year was eighth grade, and Alli Billings had hit her peak weight of one-hundred eighty pounds. Alli met Marie at her house to ride to school with her. It was their first day of eighth grade, and Alli wore an Old Navy outfit that was a peasant short-sleeved top and pair of jeans. Once she saw Marie and her mom at her house, Marie wore an outfit from American Eagle. Alli was not looking forward to facing Marie and telling her her outfit came from Old Navy, but she had to face her fear sooner or later. Alli got out of her mom’s car, and Annette wished Alli good-bye and to have a great first day of eighth grade. Alli told her mom she will and said bye.
The two of them take off to school with Marie’s mom. Alli could not help but sit in her mom’s SUV and feel envious of her friend’s outfit. Alli said to herself, “I just wish I could wave a magic wand and make my stomach, hips, and legs a size four like Marie’s.” Marie sat in her seat and smiled and thanked her mom for buying her first day of school outfit. She took a picture of herself wearing her matching floral collared shirt and a tank top and perfect stitched jeans and sent it to Lily. Lily got Marie’s text messaged and texted her, “Girl, you’re looking good, you are going to make all of the cheerleaders jealous at school, and the cute boy will definitely give you a wink including Dallas.” Alli noticed Marie’s bright and cheerful face, and she was sitting feeling ashamed of her body and her non-brand outfit.
Marie got done texting Lily, and she turned her head and faced Alli. Marie noticed that Alli did not look happy. She asked Alli, “Girl, what’s wrong?” Alli sighed and said, “Marie, I am a wreck.” Marie looked puzzled and said, “How are you a wreck, my friend? You look cute today.” “I don’t feel adorable today, Marie.” “I am sorry that you don’t feel cute today, Alli. I like your outfit on you. Don’t beat yourself up over what you wear and how you look too.” It was all Alli could do not to tell Marie that her clothes are hideous and that she didn’t feel as cool as Marie. Marie sat there and tried to comfort Alli, but nothing was working, and Alli felt insecure about her outfit and body.
Sadly, food had become Alli’s rescue. Her and her mom were using food to comfort the fact that her father had grown distant from them, sense of non-belonging, and much more. Alli struggled to find a boyfriend, fit into a group at school, be social, and fit into clothes that were popular. Alli did not like her thick legs and curves. She felt cursed to have a thick body and wished she could snap her fingers and make all of her flaws go away and feel beautiful.
Though Alli felt insecure about her body and used food to fill the void of not having a father around and lack of a boyfriend and a group to be a part of, Marie accepted Alli the way she was.
That’s behind the scene’s of Alli’s first day of driving off to 8th grade.