Proof I’ve Deprived My Kid Of Fast Food (And Meat In General)
2 years, 4 months.
Fate would have it that your parents would become vegetarians right around the time you would be old enough to start eating meat; back in December 2011.
Now that I’ve fully converted to veganism, your chances of trying chicken nuggets anytime in the near future look pretty bleak.
But here’s the thing: You really have no concept of eating animals. A vegetarian diet is all you know.
Yesterday we received some coupons in the mail for a fast food restaurant. You saw a picture of a combo meal, consisting of a burger, fries, and a soda. Your reaction:
“What this called, Mommy?”
This past weekend while you were hanging out at an indoor playground, you discovered the pretend kitchen. After toasting the plastic peas in the pink toaster, you found a plastic chicken leg.
“What this called, “Daddy?”
I quickly responded without thinking about how weird my answer would be.
You were confused, but you tried not to question it, as you are still fairly new to the human experience:
“That’s fried chicken leg? Chicken leg.” You walked away with the plastic chicken leg in your hand, trying to figure out why a human being is supposed to play with a random body part of an animal.
I am trying to put myself in your shoes, simply thinking that all those animals on Old McDonald’s farm are just his pets and nothing more.
It’s going to be weird for me the day you’re old enough to understand that certain animals are a protein source for the 97% of Americans who are not vegetarians or vegans.
I wonder: At what point in your life will you finally eat meat; with the knowledge of what it actually is. If ever.
Aside from your parents’ influence, are you still a vegetarian? I’m sure the truth will come out in your teenage years.
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