A Very Vegan Thanksgiving

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!!!

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  1. alex resare on November 24, 2006 at 8:22 pm

    Highland cattle and goats? You must be kidding me? Did she mention that she thought it was to boring now and that she needs a transdude, his husband and their three kids?

    We have tried to buy a few farms to have highland cattle, goats and rabbits but life thought we had to wait a while. So we still live in a apartment and now I guess that it is going to be that way for a few years because of my plans to get a degree.

  2. Anna HP on November 24, 2006 at 8:35 pm

    Naaw, the picture at the top is just … wonderful. I had my second trip to Tova and her horse today, so there are new pictures to be found in my blog when you get the chance …

  3. Elliot on November 24, 2006 at 9:27 pm

    *at the top of my lungs*OH MY GAWD!!! How cute are those little baby goats?!?! They’re so teensy!
    I love baby goats. My uncle and his girlfriend have a farm in New York State, and they had a little trio of them last year when we went out there to see them. But now they’re big ol’ adult goaties. They used to love to run down the hill from the barn to the backyard and leap onto the plastic lawn chairs. They were adorable. But usually, baby anythings are pretty cute.

    Oh, I must say this, because it’s something a friend told me when I told him that my TC proposal was accepted: “Live long and prosper, Workshop Man!”

  4. Diana_CT on November 24, 2006 at 11:15 pm

    Hmm… I wonder if that is the original “Scapegoat”?

    I will also be at True Colors, volunteering as the Presenter’s Liaison and was at the planning committee meeting on last Tuesday.

  5. nonsequitur on November 25, 2006 at 5:35 am

    So nice to know that you are one of those easily-digestible vegans!!! (Not one of the horse-pill, neo-nazi vegans who feels that it is their personal prerogative to harass you about every bite of cheese you have or the fact that your sneakers contain leather.) I think that if one wants to win people to a cause, they need to do it with an heir of poise and gentleness. BTW… the cows and baby goats are positively adorable!!! Scottish Highlanders are the prettiest breed of cows in my opinion… they look almost like stuffed animals (I mean the cutesy kind for children, the ones that contain no animal parts, lol).

  6. Peterson Toscano on November 25, 2006 at 1:49 pm

    It was so hard to say goodbye to those little goats with their baby bleatings. I was really impressed at how well they cared for their animals. My brother in law was raised on a dairy farm, and he was able to foster a love for animals and caring for them that he’s been able to pass onto his daughters.

    Now I am on the road driving towards Chicago. My dad just switched from the classical station to Justin Timberlake, wait now Morning Edition on NPR.

    Elliot, the workshop propsal is titled, Dragged Out of the Spiritual Closet. Can’t wait to see you and Diana there. EVERYONE come to True Colors for Elliot’s workshop and mine.

  7. Peterson Toscano on November 25, 2006 at 2:13 pm

    alex, you may do well to start up your own farm and then I can move there and become a farm hand, house boy and babysitter. I may not speak Swedish, but I still can keep the kids (and the children too!) entertained.

  8. Peterson Toscano on November 25, 2006 at 2:16 pm

    anna, I LOVE the photos on your blog. You look so peaceful and natural.

    nonseq-yeah adorable, I could just eat them up, affectionately speaking that is.

  9. Heath on November 26, 2006 at 1:03 pm

    Awww, that first picture is so cute!

    …oh, and the baby goat’s cute, too 😉

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