This is my friend Tish.
She has two adorable boys, Q and T.
Tish and I have been friends since we were 7 years old. For the last 8 years we have kept in touch virtually as she lives in about 6 hours away.
Tish is married to Shane. When I first met them as a couple, they were very strict vegans. When I say strict, I mean strict. Tish would make the guy at Starbucks clean his milk foamer spout before he made her soy latte for fear that some animal milk may not have been wiped off properly.
Tish went through two vegan pregnancies (did you know that After Eights are vegan?).
When her children were born, Tish began reintroducing animal products into their diet, though the family remained vegetarian. Recently, things changed. Below, I share with you a transcript of our recent Facebook conversation which began when I commented on Tish’s status.
As thoughtful and conscientious as Tish is about food, she gladly shares her inner struggle with you. She and I would both love to know your thoughts on this.
Tish may “Grampy’s meatball” recipe live on! After 12 years, I just made them again. Yes, that’s right. Vegetarian no longer. September 18 at 7:46pm
Tish T in bed with his Batman face paint still on. Should be a fun morning tomorrow. Q, after trying Grampy’s meatballs “Mom, I sure am happy I was named after him, he sure knows how to cook!” T, “Mom, I still want to be a vegetarian” September 19 at 9:12pm
Tish planning Thanksgiving dinner at our place. Buying ethical meat is pricier than tofu. Just sayin’ October 6 at 7:17pm
Tish um, just picked up the turkey – having second thoughts. May be back to my old ways after Sunday. October 8 at 2:06pm
Liisa (comment on Tish’s status)
Tish (private message to me) October 9 at 2:14am
The boys do eat a lot of veg meals at home. They love lentils and beans.
I’ve actually reconciled myself to occasionally putting meat on my lips to taste something or test the temperature… like the other day i made chicken noodle soup with a leftover bbq chicken and I tasted a drop to make sure it had the right flavour.
I consider that the sacrifice for my boys… just like wiping their snot.
But truly, I never liked meat, even as a kid. So… I think it’s just something I’m stuck with.
I DO think it would be more convenient. And, if I’m ever in the mood to eat chicken or my mom’s chili (which I ate twice when I was pregnant with lil C) or something, I will. But I just don’t think it will happen again soon.
I think the turkey will be a good barometer for you. Let me know how it goes.
BTW, what about Shane?? Wasn’t he vegan at one point too?
Hugs to you,