My mom isn't vegetarian, will probably never be vegetarian (she says she'd starve to death if she was vegetarian. I doubt that....I SERIOUSLY doubt that. If it came down to life or death, I bet she'd figure out something to eat that didn't come from something that breathed and had eyes.)
She lives in another state and I go up once a year to visit her. Which rather sucks for me...she lives in a rural area without a lot of options for somebody like me. She thinks Perkins is an acceptable place for me to eat and insists I will find something to eat wherever we go (which I am partly to blame...I compromised once when I went up there, but I found quick they really have nothing to offer me.) It's like...we have to go to places she likes and I can figure it out on my own when I get there. But if I want to go some place I would like she can't bring herself to compromise and eat something there...she just refuses to eat.
So I try to research places to go before I go up. I asked what she thought of Indian food. She said she doesn't like curry, to which I responded these places serve more than curry. She looks up Indian food online and sees people serving lamb and goat.
She writes back,
I'm not eating a goat or a lamb!! I do have some standards which also include no veal no duckies no geese no frogs, no lobster and on and on I guess.
I just had to delete the email and forget trying to reply. I doubt anything I could have said would have resulted in anything less than pissing her off. Seriously, how can you say NO you won't eat a goat or a lamb but you would eat a PIG or a COW. She can say NO she won't eat a duck but chows down on chickens that are tortured to death, literally. She won't eat a sheep but has no problems eating a cow that suffered all their short life and dropped from a truck on hard concrete, shoved around with a fork lift, beaten, abused....I could go on I GUESS.
I feel like I am in a double whammy. If I say something, I piss her off. If I say nothing, I bottle up me being pissed off and I fear one day it will just come out...one day when she comments on a story on the news about somebody who mistreated a dog or a horse.
I have a hard time taking her seriously on her positive thoughts on animal issues because they are overshadowed by her choices of what she puts in her mouth.
I have a real hard time just over looking it. Obviously I hope she comes around some day, but until then I think I would actually respect her more if she ate meat and didn't make comments like that.