• ᴛʜᴇ ᴍɪɢʜᴛɪᴇꜱᴛ ᴏᴀᴋ •
Alright, time to get real here, guys. This is going to be a bit personal. Bare with me, because I'm hoping that maybe some of you can either relate or at least sympathize... I just got back from a lunch my husband, son, and I had with my parents at a Chinese restaurant none of us had been to before. My husband, after having only just before we left for our lunch watched Okja, ordered wonton soup. After the waitress left our table, I asked him why he ordered that, and he said, "Wontons aren't meat. They're those crunchy things, and the soup is just broth." I explained to him that Wontons are dumplings with meat inside, and he had to admit I was right after looking it up. Despite this, he still finished his soup appetizer. One step forward, two steps back... Lunch was fine. My husband ordered a vegetable dish, while I ordered veggies with tofu. Then, at the end of our meal, the waitress brought out small bowls of ice cream for us all (including even our 19-month-old son, Xander). Xander and I obviously didn't eat ours, as we are vegan. But Shaun, my husband, immediately ate his and then the remaining two we didn't eat! He justified this by saying he felt bad that there would be three uneaten ice creams at the table. Because, you know, no point in feeling bad for the actual mother cows who lost their babies in order to live a life of torturous servitude making the milk for that ice cream or anything.
My mom then tried to encourage me to allow Xander to eat his ice cream because, "He'll like it, and it'll feel good on his teeth that are coming in." I said rather grudgingly, "Wow, Mom, it's like you didn't even watch What the Health," since I had told her she needed to see it (which she told me she did). It also made me wonder darkly just what my mother could be doing behind my back with Xander when she babysits him. It turns my stomach.
I tried having a discussion on the way home with my husband about eating animal products, and it ultimately ended in him stating he would never stop, but that he would not eat as much as he used to before he met me, because he's very much into health himself (continued 👇)