From the mouths of babes...
Wednesday, February 06, 2013
"The King of the Dinosaurs was T-Rex, and he was rude because he ate his friends!"
---Casey, Age 5
This morning on the way to school, we had a long involved conversation about dinosaurs and why they no longer exist. The meteor, the ice age, etc. Which evolved into a conversation about the dino lifestyle (Why didn't they just go home and put on their jackets? What color was the King of the Dinosaurs big chair?"). Which evolved into a conversation about dinosaur heaven ("That's where God fixes them and then they go home to their friends, right Mom?") Thankfully, we arrived at school at this point, because I saw this conversation moving into "if that happened to dinosaurs, will it happen to us too?" terrain. I LOVE the way her little brain works, but there are just some conversations I'm not ready to have with her at 7:30 in the morning. :)
As I was driving home and reflecting on the "cute" factor of my little girl (it's 10 on a scale of 1 to 10, just in case you were wondering. If you don't believe me, just ask her...she'll tell you all about it.), I found MY thoughts drifting into "not this early in the morning" territory. T-Rex was rude because he ate his "friends"...and I guess I'm rude because I eat my "friends" too. Not literally, so please hold all crime tip hotline calls...it will seriously inconvenience my morning exercise if I have to explain myself to the local authorities. Or running from a SWAT team could be awesome cardio? Hmmm. Either way, I digress. Let's get back to my point.
I'm a carnivore. Period. I love a tub of frosting just as much as anyone, but given the choice, I'll take a giant rare steak over just about anything else. My love of protein sometimes borders on obsession, and I have to admit to the shame of being amused by the SUPER non-PC statement, "If God didn't want us to eat animals, he wouldn't have made them taste so good". In short, Jessica *hearts* meat.
My little girl and dinosaurs kind of got me thinking this morning...and I think that I might understand vegetarians a little bit more now. It IS pretty rude to eat your friends. And when you think about it in terms of eating actual animals vs. the "cleaned up" version one purchases at the grocery store, it's pretty gross too.
So...If I were gambling woman, I'd still say the odds of my ever giving up meat are slim to none. But I can promise you...I'm going to be thinking about T-Rex's poor social skills every time I eat for a while.