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Last weekend I went with my immediate family to the Poconos for my aunt's wedding. The day before the subject kept coming up, "why are you vegan?" ..."maureen's a vegan?" ...."what do you eat?"<br><br><br><br>
On a drive with my cousin, it came up how she used to be vegetarian but got too sick because her mom wouldn't cook special meals for her. She's my age. Here's a hint - cook your own food!!! When I told her that I'm vegan, she gave me a queer look and said "veganism is gay. If I want to have a cake, I'm going to have a <i>real</i> cake. Not with... egg replacers...." I thought about how yummy my last birthday cake was and smiled. I really don't care what she thinks...and her abrupt reaction was funny.<br><br><br><br>
The next morning my older cousin grilled me with stupid questions over breakfast. "If a cow lived a long, natural, peaceful life, and a burger was made from it when it died, would you eat it?" <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/thinking.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":think:"><br><br>
After breakfast he walked away and laughed "I still can't believe you wouldn't eat the burger."<br><br><br><br><br><br>
But after the wedding, at the reception at a nice restaurant, the time came to pick chicken or steak. My aunt said she had already requested a vegan option for me...but no luck. I asked him and he said "I know what to make for you - my wife is vegan." (YAY) Anyway, MY meal came first - a garlic-y pasta primavera, and it was delicious! My cousins around me tasted the broccoli and one said "oh, I should have ordered that!"<br><br><br><br>
Here is the fun part!! After a weekend where everyone had teased me, questioned me, and tried to back me into a corner, their meals arrived. Big greasy slabs of rib meat off the bone with mealy potatoes and a tiny pile of veggies. My brother got massive chunk of dry, breaded chicken. Nobody ate too much of their food - some didn't eat any. A few kept complaining about the excessive amounts of fat as they tried to saw around remaining pieces of bone. I just smiled and stared at my broccoli. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/broccoli.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":bobo:"><br><br><br><br>
That was my sweet victory before everyone went off to eat the non-vegan cake.<br><br><br><br>
The story should really end there so it sounds nicer, but I'll ignore literary style and go on the story about the next day. We're all sitting around eating Chinese food (my mom, dad, brother, uncle, grandma, and two aunts) and my grandma starts watching my mom eat her broccoli and rice (which was awesome, BTW) and starts up a conversation.<br><br><br><br>
"Caralynne, why don't you eat chicken?" she says, looking at my mom like she's a mental patient. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/shocked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":eek:"> people sometimes ask why vegans don't eat fish...but <i>chicken??</i><i>chicken???</i><br><br><br><br>
"Mom - I don't want to eat chicken." she replies in a pity-filled voice as she glances at my grandma's plate. (I can see how she really feels at times like these <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">)<br><br>
*silence*<br><br>
Staring thoughtfully...grandma frowns and says in a confident voice, "But it's like the same thing with hides and furs...<i>they were made to keep us warm</i>."<br><br>
*long silence, mom and I are stunned*<br><br>
Then my dad -ever sarcastic- smirks and says, "well, Peg, I think they were originally made to keep the animal warm."<br><br>
*silence*<br><br>
I burst out laughing and family stares. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/laugh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":lol:"><br><br><br><br>
and....end scene!!
 

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Then my dad -ever sarcastic- smirks and says, "well, Peg, I think they were originally made to keep the animal warm."</div>
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Hee - I love your dad! Congratulations on the victory and for asking for a vegan option yourself instead of just accepting what you were told.
 

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lol. My ex boyfriend once said "I use their food as nourishment and their skins for warmth." I stared at him and was speechless for like 5 mins. Then I just said "you. are. retarded."
 

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You go girl!<br><br>
This just made my day!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/thumbsup.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":up:">
 
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