Spending Thanksgiving in the Mid-West, the land of meat and dairy, I did fairly well without having to consume animal products or getting testy over the lack of quality vegan foods.
On the road with my dad getting to my sister’s home, I did have a moment of frustration at a diner somewhere in the MidWest. After analyzing the menu for nearly 10 minutes and finding NOTHING vegan, I thought I’d appeal to the waitress.
Me: I don’t eat anything with meat, dairy, eggs or fish.
Waitress: What DO you eat?
Me: Apparently nothing on your menu.
I ended up ordering french fries. I ate them believing in the illusion that they were gently cooked in 100% vegetable oil that never had anything but other veggie friendly items in them.
My sister and her family have their own small farm with 12 head of Scottish Highland Cattle and seven Fainting Goats, (yes, they really faint if they are spooked). Persephone had babies the same day I arrived and I got to hold one. They also have a GIANT St. Bernard dog and a bunch of cats. (Cally slept on top of me last night.)
At dinner on Wednesday night at Applebees (where I ordered sweet potato fries since EVERYTHING was slathered in meat and dairy), one of my nieces asked my I am a vegan. I told her I have three reasons.
- I think it is better for my health long-term (since over 70% of diseases in the US come from poor diets)
- I believe it is better for the environment.
- Finally, I am pro-life. I don’t want to partake in a culture of death, be it war, abortion or killing and using animals. Of course I respect a persons right to self-determination (even young people), so I don’t feel it is my place to tell anyone how to live their lives, and I understand the world is a complex place where people sometimes need to make difficult choices.
Today is a work day where I put in my proposals for the upcoming True Colors Conference. One workshop will be with the amazing Momma. I feel THRILLED because I am now on my laptop using my Treo™ 700P Phone as a wireless modem. How cool is that!!!