Among the many choices we have in this life, we get to choose what we eat. We have options. I’m sure animals in the wild have options, too. They show preferences toward certain plants; some edibles are probably tastier than others. They could eat the poisonous ones, but survival instincts tell them to steer clear. Undoubtedly the human race would be better off if our survival instincts were so strong that we would opt not to put poison into our bodies. I digress . . .
Our two older children have decided to become vegetarian, and so has one of their friends. Lately, out of necessity, most of our meals have been vegetarian anyway, but now it’s becoming part of the meal planning. Actually, we need to do more meal planning, incorporating intentional vegetarianism into the diet, making sure the nutritional value is there.
Being responsible parents, we did ask for their motives. It may seem hard to believe, but “going vegetarian” can still be a fad. We wanted to make sure their intentions were clear, good, and stable. While we cannot be 100% sure, their dedication in the past week or two has shown stamina and dedication. We even asked if they would prefer we only purchased local meat, where we could go see how the animals were treated. The kids have said they’re not opposed to eating occasional fish, but otherwise, no meat. I’ll have to learn how to cook fish (and stand the smell of it — ugh). We move forward.
Fortunately, there are many resources to be had, both online and in print. We also have friends who have wonderful recipes and are willing to share their experiential knowledge. And my experience shows me that if you raise conscientious, free-thinking children, you have to be willing to work a little harder, go the extra mile, and support them in their endeavors and choices. Nurture them; that’s another choice we have.