Sunday, October 5, 2008

meatless in commerce

zoe has very quietly become a vegetarian. i swear i had nothing to do with it. it all started a while ago, actually. near birth. she started making connections at poppy's "farm"when she was 2 or 3. "these are chickens...i eat something called chicken." "how does meat get bones in it?" it was a downward spiral from there. when she was a little older, nona and grandpa howard took us all out to eat. jakob and cousin justin were going to town on some of the colonel's secret recipe with 11 herbs and spices. zoe asked me, "why do we eat animals?" "i don't know," was all i could say. now, we are reading "charlotte's web". "you know why they're fattening you up, don't you?" said the old sheep. "no," said wilbur. "...they're going to kill you, that's why...turn you into smoked bacon and ham..." i trailed off once i realized how zoe would react to this, but it was too late. "what?" so i gently mentioned what it said. zoe didn't say anything about it. but the next morning, when we were discussing what we had packed for her lunch, she insisted she didn't want the turkey sandwich and could we please replace it with a peanut butter and honey? "i'm a vegetarian now." she's been surprisingly determined about it. we'll see how this goes.