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Why I’m The Most Vanilla Dad My Son Knows

Thursday, February 21st, 2013

2 years, 3 months.

Dear Jack,

You love dads.

Sure, you love me, but I’m your dad. You’re used to me by now.

No matter how adventurous I am with you, you are still always fascinated by every other dad you meet.

A prime example is our friend Dave.

We went to visit him, his wife Karen, and their brand-new daughter Avery.

As the picture clearly demonstrates, you felt quite comfortable with Dave. Mommy held Avery and Dave held you.

(Just to be clear to anyone else reading this letter, I’m the guy in the green vest and Dave is the guy with the red shirt.)

Before we left their house, Dave gave you one of his business cards; he’s a Realtor in the Nashville area. You played with his business card all the way home.

Then once you got home, you placed his card in your little boy wallet with Mommy’s zeroed out gift cards. As I put you to bed that night, I asked you what your favorite part of the day was. Your response:

“When Leaf hold you.”

I should translate. Your refer to Dave as Leaf, and “you” means “me.” Your favorite part of the day was when Dave held you.

Even now, as I write this, you are upstairs asleep, with Dave’s business card underneath your pillow.

That’s right: You sleep with his card under your pillow. You really like Dave.

I think it’s cool to see how you gravitate towards other dads. It’s clear that to me that you find so much value in masculine role models.

As for the most part, you’re stuck with me. I’m familiar, predictable, safe, and normal. I’m vanilla.

 

Love,

Daddy

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Is “Natural” Vanilla Flavoring Really From Beavers’ Anal Glands?

Sunday, February 12th, 2012

14 months.

By now, I’ve well established myself as “that dad” who is a health nut vegetarian who won’t allow his son to eat processed foods; that includes fruit juice.

I’ve been very clear that I deem the FDA as illegitimate. Why?

Because if they were doing their job, I wouldn’t have to ask the question I did in the title of this article. Well, now Snopes.om verifies Jamie Oliver’s claim as as accurate; that vanilla and strawberry flavoring is made from castoreum, which is derived from the anal glad of beavers.

Wikipedia confirms this absurd concept:

“In the United States, Castoreum has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a food additive, often referenced simply as a ‘natural flavoring’ in the product’s list of ingredients. It is commonly used in both food and beverages, especially as vanilla and raspberry flavoring.”

Again, we shouldn’t even be having this conversation. We shouldn’t have to guess whether or not our children’s animal crackers really are made from beavers’ anal glands.

It’s reasons like this that I make such a deliberate effort to avoid processed foods as much as possible. But see how tricky it is?

Food companies are able to get away with calling beaver anal glands “natural flavoring” while the FDA gives the thumb up.

Castoreum is just a little too natural for me.

Sorry son, but you’re not old enough to know where vanilla ice cream comes from…

 

Note: This post was updated on February 16, 2013, after Snopes.com confirmed the truth about vanilla flavoring urban legend.

For more on vegan food info, read more.

 

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