As many reading are already aware, I have a daughter named Anzia, who is now nine and has been vegan since birth. I have shared on more than one occasion as proud mama’s often do some of her words of wisdom. First off, I find them amusing but also because she often sees thing from a perspective way past her years. Heck, often way past my years. So here goes another conversation that we shared last week.
The two of us were headed to meet a pregnant friend for breakfast. Anzia started the conversation off with, “So your friend is vegetarian but not vegan?”
Anzia, “But she feeds her daughter meat?”
In the rear view mirror I see that a confused look has taken over her face and in her typical fashion she raises her hands in the air, just like her Italian grandpa, and jerks them forward with each syllable as she asks, “Why would you feed your kid animals if you didn’t believe in eating them?”
I then explained that my friends husband was a carnivore and believed that it was unhealthy to raise kids vegetarian. I also explained that just like my hubby and I, a child’s mom and dad both have equal say in how their children are raised and they need to come to some kind of agreement. I then asked her what she would do if she fell in love and had kids with a carnivore or vegetarian.
She thought for a bit and then said, “Well they won’t be able to tell me it’s not healthy because I am the healthiest kid I know. I am almost like a science experiment proving the theory of vegan. Plus I know all your recipes and sometimes make my own so I will just convert them with my good food.”
Hey, let me just say I am not trying to make light on a subject that is very rough for many. I really was one of the fortunate ones that did the transition with my soul mate. If you are dealing with a mixed relationship especially where kids are involved how did you come to a solution? Any recommendations for others struggling with this type of issue?