So I just had to share - I think it's so cute!
I work in a homeless shelter for runaway and homeless teens, all of whom are involved with child protective services in some way. They can be a rowdy bunch, for sure. Teens in general can be challenging, but teens who are used to living on the streets without any rules?
So I have a box of frozen veggie burgers in the freezer of the shelter, and some of the boys saw me making one today and were like "what's that?" which spurred a whole conversation about being veg, why I'm veg, how long, etc. I have to be careful when I'm talking about stuff like that with them, and make sure I'm not imposing my beliefs on them in any way, because that's a boundary issue in my role as staff. But I was able to talk to them about veg*nism some, and they were really interested. Then when they had hamburgers *gag* for dinner, a few of them were like "I want a veggie burger instead!"
It just made me happy. Even though I doubt any of them will decide to be veg any time in near future, I feel like they are at least aware of it as a choice now. And they are SUCH good kids, and I love being able to have any sort of educational talk with them at all. So it was a good day! Which is good to hold on to, since I have to go back at 7am tomorrow and do another 13 hours!