By Firefly Dance | June 10, 2015
I love vegetables… covered in bacon
Hey, plants have feelings too!
You can’t afford meat?
I can’t live without bacon
I like animals… on my plate!
Do you eat animal crackers?
These are the kinds of comments that I hear all the time. Whenever someone learns that my family and I are vegetarians we brace ourselves. Most of the time people are cool, throw out a few jokes that they seem to think will make us laugh. Sometimes we laugh so it isn’t totally awkward. It is though.
“How do you know someone is a vegetarian? Don’t worry, they’ll tell you!”
Mmmhmm… I’ve heard that one too.
What is it about the vegetarian lifestyle that gives others a free pass to forgo manners and social norms? Sure, there are fanatics in every group. There are also the radical football fans, the strict religious fundamentalists, and the list goes on. Why does my being a vegetarian make others so uncomfortable that they want to hurt my feelings by trolling my dinner plate?
Why do we need to tell others about our diet? Well unless we are making meal plans, or joining you for a meal you make, we normally don’t mention it. If we are coming over for dinner, going out, ect. We need to tell people that we are vegetarians so that we can enjoy our dinner just the same as everyone else.
What happens when a vegetarian eats something that contains meat? Well, beyond having the night totally ruined. Most of us have severe abdominal issues. We need to leave so we can lock ourselves in our own bathrooms, wishing we had just said something about not using chicken/beef broth in the soup. It’s embarrassing, gross, and just not worth it.
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