Let’s Just Call a Spade a Spade

Here is what happens when a (quasi) vegetarian raises meat-eating children:

We ordered take-out Chinese food last night. Belly ordered boneless spareribs (“the red-colored meat”, as she calls it).

Jilly sat at the table, grabbed a rib and started to gnaw away at it.

After she swallowed, she looked at me surprised, “I didn’t think I’d like this, but it’s good!”

Then a moment later:

“Is this pig?”

Fire, fire! Here is what we did on Saturday night.


  1. Alpha DogMa says

    Is it pig? Or is it beef? I mean, it’s PINK so that it’s not really white meat, right?

    I think she has a certain pragmatic charm.

    I’ve never understood why we romanticize farm animals (even the most urban child knows the sounds made by barnyard animals) and then expect our kids to eat them up?

  2. I have a question. My daughter is a vegetatian, but what is a quasi-vegetarian? I have never heard of that description.

    And yeah it’s pig. And my daughter actually wants to get a pig for a pet…I don’t think so!

  3. SabrinaT says

    HA HA! Living here we have learned not to ask. If it tasts good we eat.

  4. Just Seeking says

    I love this! My 7 year old recently decided to become a vegetarian, my child who we call “the carnivore” because she loves meat. So I asked her—“does this mean you’re going to give up bacon?” Oh, she says, do I have to give up bacon? And then she uses the example of her uncle who’s a “vegetarian” but eats fish—can’t bacon be her exception? Too funny!

  5. creative-type dad says

    the other white meat, right?

    By the way, bacon is awesome. I was a veg for 13 years and then switched back to my carnivore ways because of it.

  6. Hi thereā€¦ I found your blog via your comment on Sweetney and I just had to comment on this one. My kids eat meat, but have been recently quite preoccupied with WHAT exactly is the meat their eating. Whatever I serve, they want to know not just which animal it came from, but also which PART of the animal.

    Frankly, I’d rather not think about that (isn’t that why we call it “beef” and “pork” and “poultry” instead of the animal names?). So far, it hasn’t caused them to stop eating meat, so we’ll see how it goes.

  7. AnotherMomCreation says

    Mmm chinese take-out….

    You’ve created a craving….

  8. Life As I Know It says

    I remember when my son realized that the chicken we ate for dinner was actually from a Chicken.

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