So this past weekend we celebrated my wife's birthday at her parents house for a meal. When her parents host birthday meals generally the person having the birthday requests what he/she would like to eat. My wife (Amanda) decided to request her meal be all vegan food that is served even though she generally brings her own food to consume.
The meal was 100% vegan however, a discussion broke out among the family which Amanda and I did not participate in about killing chickens and other livestock (this has never happened before). Also to top it all off, her mother is allergic to a large variety of different foods and didn't bother to make anything for herself to eat. She decided to eat cereal infront of the rest of the family who all of a sudden felt sorry for her. So after she had everyones sympathy she states that she isn't allowed to eat any animal products during the meal and has no other food.
On the way home that evening Amanda asked me if she should have said something to her family about the subject matter that was discussed during her vegan birthday meal. I advised she should have and it was very disrespectful of them. If I had said anything it would not have went over well and I felt it was Amanda's place to initiate and I would defend her arguements. As for the way her mother acted during dinner, well that was inexcusable and extremely selfish towards her own daughters' feelings. She should have made something ahead of time rather than causing a scene of which most children could not top. We both agreed we would say something next time and perhaps bring up our concerns over her birthday meal this past weeked with them in the near future.
I am glad I only see family every couple months most of the time. =)
Flip your thinking,
Flip your diet, and
I'll catch you on the flip side!
Mike Rawsome Grant