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I’m a Vegetarian, Not an Alien

January 9, 2010

It is so weird when I visit family over the holidays and remind them that I’m a vegetarian. Basically, they stare at me with mouths open and with question marks glowing above their heads. And then the questions start: what do you eat, then? It’s as if they’ve never heard of vegetarianism, or never thought about the fact that most people in the world don’t each much meat. They simply can’t imagine a meal that doesn’t center around meat.

Oh well; I can’t be responsible for their lack of imagination.

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. Vidya permalink
    January 9, 2010 5:23 pm

    Yeah, as a vegan I get that a lot. I brought my own Tofurky to Christmas dinner this year, sigh.

  2. missivesfrommarx permalink*
    January 10, 2010 10:13 am

    Heheh.

  3. January 10, 2010 12:00 pm

    they stare at me with mouths open and with question marks glowing above their heads.

    Yeah, when I get low on iron from not eating meat I hallucinate stuff to. O shit theres spiders all over my keyb

  4. January 10, 2010 10:48 pm

    Haha. You have all the social relations I seem to encounter when I make the mistake of mentioning I don’t eat meat with family, even non-family (I live in Texas to clarify).

    “But you eat chicken, right? … What about fish?”

    Maybe I should just stop telling people when they ask.

  5. January 11, 2010 12:27 am

    People are strange like that. “What do you eat then?” As if meat is the only food in the world, or they eat nothing *but* meat.

    They remind me of the people who, upon hearing I don’t believe in gods, ask, “what *do* you believe in then?

  6. Classical Liberal permalink
    January 12, 2010 11:36 pm

    @VM – This is not a place where trolls are fed.

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