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So my parents like to know just about everything. They would probably like to know everything but hey, yeah, too bad old people. lol I of course let them know about upcoming vegan swap. Especially if by describing the yummy stuff I have planned to make I can convince them to eat less processed foods too so I can keep them around a little longer. But they're old and well...ditzy.

Last night Mom was telling me about how they went to Ma Wilson's. Well, the real name of the place is Mom Wilson's Country Sausage. We've gone there for years and they have the BEST pickles. They also used to have yummy cracked corn and amazing super sticky popcorn balls. But what they're obviously really known for is their sausage and other pork products which granted, are pretty delicious. Last night she was telling me that their souse wasn't ready yet. She was alluding to the fact that she might want to try to send me some but I reminded her that after the beginning of the year, I won't be eating it. Souse...if you're not up on it is also called head cheese made from parts of the pig and stuck together with aspic.

Even though we've had the conversations that I won't be doing eggs, or dairy, evidently it didn't sink in that I wouldn't be eating meat...of any kind. She was all shocked and was asking me what I would even be able to eeeeeat. Uh...veggies? Grains? Pasta? Rice? Beans? Seeds? Nuts? Fruit? Basically allll kinds of stuff I already love that doesn't happen to be meat. Not rocket surgery. It's no big deal so fret not.

I'm sure in January, coworker Elaine is going to get the vapors because I won't be ordering pizza with her. Considering that she drives me up the wall when it comes to ordering lunch with her, I'm glad to have the reason not to order pizza (not like she's going to get it sans cheese). But I predict that she'll be putting on a performance worthy of needing a fainting couch because of how HAWWWAD it would be FOR HER if she had to try to give up meat or dairy. Yeah, not about you, babe. Hell, she acts like a dumbass when you even suggest ordering food  from some place with any semblance of health regardless of whether it has meat or not. It's like she has some sort of childish stubborn streak. It's also why she still looks like she's 9 months pregnant several years after her last child (no, really. Someone asked her the other day when she was due). She also still has an abdominal hernia after getting it surgically repaired. Gurl, don't worry about what I'm eating. Worry about what you are.

But I don't get it. I'm not preaching and I won't. (Ok, I would like the parents to eat a bit better but unless I'm there, I can only have so much impact). Why does it mean jack squat to you that I'll be all about the veg? I don't get it.



Dec. 6th, 2018 09:22 pm (UTC)
I don't understand it either, but learning that someone is vegan, vegetarian, or even semi-vegetarian is very upsetting to a lot of people.

I'm only pesco-lacto-ovo vegetarian (which is not really vegetarian to most vegetarians), so I can fly under the radar when I eat out with people. However, once my co-workers, with whom I had been going out for a monthly girls night out for a couple years, found out that I didn't eat meat, a couple of them started a whole campaign to make me eat it. Suddenly we had to go to steak houses or BBQ places where I was stuck with a salad bar if that. Lots of nagging and ridiculous arguments too.
Dec. 7th, 2018 12:00 am (UTC)
I don’t get why it threatens people so much. Or why they feel the need to mock someone. Now a preachy loud vegan yelling at someone is another thing. It’s not like people mock someone with a food allergy so why a food preference?

Your coworkers were assholes. If I start getting that, I won’t be quiet in telling them to piss off.
Dec. 7th, 2018 03:50 pm (UTC)
I like to hope it is guilt for eating meat. Probably isn't. but I like to think it.

Yes, my co-workers did act like assholes in other ways too. We got along great for three or four years and they were very tolerant and sympathetic when I had to miss a lot of time to take care of my parents. We went out together once a month.

Then, after my father died, they suddenly realized that I was a vegetarian (had been the whole time they knew me). I was also offensive for being an only child. My obnoxious spoiled only child behavior hadn't been apparent for the previous four years they worked closely with me. They only figured it out after no siblings turned up for Dad's funeral.
Dec. 7th, 2018 04:03 pm (UTC)
I hope it is guilt and that it bugs the hell out of them. Man...and I thought my coworkers were assholes. Yours take the cake.

What does you being an only child have to do with anything? I guess they'd likely think I'm whiny because I'm the quintessential middle kid.

I'm mentally slapping those bitches, btw. Grr.