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When I told my granma (85) that I was vegetarian she was horrified: "Why don't you want to eat vegetables?!" she said. She INSISTED that vegetarians ONLY eat meat!!! She still doesn't beleive me...
 

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urgh I thought this thread was about me <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)">
 

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Hee hee.<br><br><br><br>
My grandpa (who is senile, by the way, and only knows who I am some of the time) decided when I announced that I was vegetarian that I was also coming out of the closet as a lesbian! As if the 2 are related. He was so nice about the lesbian thing that I just let him believe it, so now my grandpa thinks I'm a nice vegetarian lesbian.
 

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Years ago I had a bf who's dad went gradually senile. He came to visit us at my bf's house. "This is Teri" my bf said. He must have been troubled by my name because later on he noticed us hugging and said "I never knew you were a ginger beer, boy".<br><br>
Ok, I always wear jeans, but I no one ever thought I was a man before. Even more disconcerting for that ultra conservative macho ex bf because he was homo-neurotic <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by muppetcow</i><br><br><b>Hee hee.<br><br><br><br>
My grandpa (who is senile, by the way, and only knows who I am some of the time) decided when I announced that I was vegetarian that I was also coming out of the closet as a lesbian! As if the 2 are related. He was so nice about the lesbian thing that I just let him believe it, so now my grandpa thinks I'm a nice vegetarian lesbian.</b></div>
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LOL! That is hilarious! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"><br><br><br><br>
The funniest part is, that could be us one day. Well, guess that's not as funny as it is scary. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/shocked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":eek:">
 

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My granmother is pretty good about it. She doesn't eat prok, fish or beef herself and realizes that I am healthy. She doesn;t really understand the reasons though.
 

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I've worked in two nursing homes, one of which is a current place of employment for me. I don't think most of the residents would have the foggiest idea what I was talking about if I told them that I'm a vegetarian, so I don't bother. The staff knows I'm veggie, and they've been really nice about it. (They weren't at the last nursing home.)<br><br><br><br>
As mushroom put it recently, "Old-schoolers eat meat" and she's more understanding of them because of their age and whatnot. (Correct me if I'm wrong, mushroom.) I agree with this, and that is why it doesn't gross me out too terribly bad to serve meat dishes to the residents and sometimes cut up their meat so they can eat it. Many of the residents don't eat much, anyway, and the food isn't the greatest. If it were me, I would die if I had to eat there all time because I love ethnic cuisines and food that's not as greasy.<br><br><br><br>
Nonetheless, I love my residents! Helen, Mary, George, John, Margaret, Roy, William, Teresa, Stella, Rose, Harold, Lena, Lela, Ruth... they cannot part with their meat, and I don't think I'm compromising more than I should in helping them get it.
 

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Muppetow, that's hilarious. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">
 

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I don't think my maternal grandmother even knows I'm a vegetarian. My maternal grandfather does, for sure, or at least he did, since when I first went veg, he bought me a Boca Burger so I could have something to eat when he was grilling hamburgers for my family. That was almost three years ago, so he may have forgotten with age. I think he's 85 now.<br><br><br><br>
My paternal grandparents have given me grief about being veg. Or rather, my control-freak grandma has. I love her dearly, but she bugs the heck out of me sometimes! She's quite helpful when she wants to be, and she's the one from whom I receive my Vegetarian Times magazines.
 

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My maternial grandfather is gone now, but if he were alive today, he would have given me lots and lots of hassles about being vegetarian with tacky comments, all kinds of questions, maybe even a mention or two about now "unnatural" it is. Then, when he realized that I was serious and not about to back down, he would defend my desision to the bitter end as if it were his own and bite the head off of anyone that said a thing about it. That was the kind of man he was and I miss him terribly.<br><br><br><br>
My grandmother on Dad's side never liked us kids (through no fault of our own) so it wouldn't have mattered if I called myself a vegetarain, a vegan, a vulcan, a vaccuum, or a vavacious volleyball vying for votes. She wouldn't have cared in the least. To her, it would have been just one more "bad" thing that has happened since her Bubba married "that fallen woman". <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":rolleyes:"> She's gone now, too.<br><br><br><br>
My grandmother on my mother's side and my grandfather on my father's side both died long before I was born, so I have no idea how they would have reacted. If I were to guess based on what I've heard about them over the years, I would say that my maternal grandmother would have thought it was wonderful and would have been truely fascinated with every aspect of it and my paternal grandfather would have condemmed me as the worst sinner in the world and would have told me regularly that God hates me because of what I eat and don't eat.
 

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my grandparents understand it and my grandmother is good about getting food i can eat, she did say one time that fish are pretty much like vegetables though.
 
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