Day to Day: Bringing Home The Bacon
We strive for a plant-based diet so we don’t eat a lot of meat, saving it mainly for the holidays and the occasional “fancy” breakfast with bacon. Yet, if there are two foods my 4 year old could live off of, they would be cheese, and bacon (and obviously copious amounts of candy).
The other day my 4 year old daughter and and I went out for what was probably our first ever “mommy and me” day since the appearance of her little sister (over 2 years ago…). After some fun at a kids museum I asked what she wanted to eat: a pancake. Ok, IHOP it is. Halfway there this changed to a grilled cheese, and then once there it was all about the waffles and of course, bacon.
So she’s happily munching away on her bacon, commenting on how delicious it is, when she asks:
“Where does bacon come from?”
….Well now what do I do? Tell her the truth and risk traumatizing her with the thought that she’s eating a once live, cute, pink, curly-tailed pig? (she’s seen Charlotte’s Web after all). Or just shrug and play dumb? Or be vague and say “the store”?
I opt for the truth…
“Well Evelyn, bacon comes from pigs”
“I didn’t know pigs make bacon?!”
“Well….they don’t make it necessarily…you have to kill the pig to get the bacon, their meat is the bacon.”
I hold my breath and wait….she focuses on drowning her waffle in syrup and the topic moves on to something else.
Towards the end of the meal she turns to me and asks:
“Mommy, when I grow up can I be a farmer?”
Awe how sweet….my mini kids vegetable garden must have really left an impression last summer!
“Sure honey!” (and then for the ultra-parental cliche) “You can be anything you want!”
“Then I’m going to be a farmer and have lots of pigs and kill them for bacon!”
So much for fear of trauma…and that veggie garden…and for raising her to eat plant-based foods…
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