Thursday, January 5, 2012

So, It Turns Out Chicken Isn't a Vegetable

There we were, sitting in La Mirabelle with Nana and Pop, watching as the waiter put our plates on the table.

I'd ordered chicken nuggets for the girls to split - usually a hit. But this time, Kyra took one look and asked (not in her inside voice, either) "Is that PIG???? If you eat PIG, WORMS will grow in your BELLY!!"

I shushed her, because gross, but she refused to take a bite of the suspect chicken nuggets. (Pig nuggets?)

That was last week. Then, the night before last, I roasted a whole chicken, carved it, and put it on the table. She ate a few small pieces of white meat, then picked up a drumstick and carefully looked it over.

Holding it delicately between two small fingers, she held it aloft. "Was this," she asked "a bird who used to walk around?"

Pause. Gulp. Yes, Kyra, I replied. Yes, it used to be a bird.

She dropped it back on the plate with a grimace and announced firmly: "Then I am definitely not eating that."

And there you have it, folks. It appears we're going to have yet another vegetarian in the family.

At least they haven't tried to go vegan on me yet.


Delhibound said... [Reply]

I had to snicker while reading this, because we have an 8 year old who has decided he no longer eats meat (except on rare occasions) and a 5 year old who has begun doing the EXACT same thing ("Was this an animal before it came in our kitchen?") and then proclaiming she only wants pasta.

These kids!

Deborah said... [Reply]

And then there is your niece Emma, who named her pig Spot...and when I asked one day how Spot was doing, she said "oh, we're eating him."

Donna said... [Reply]

Tell Emma to be careful - she doesn't want to get WORMS in her BELLY!

Deborah said... [Reply]

P.S....kyra has an inside voice? :p

Noble Glomads said... [Reply]

We took our then 10 year old to see the baby lambs on our first road trip in NZ which turned into a 7 month venture into vegeterianism. He's back to being a carnivore now at 12 :)

Heather Dray said... [Reply]

Love it! My oldest (8YO) recently proclaimed he could no longer eat meat because it was once ALIVE...and as such, he conscious dictated he was going to be a vegetarian. At which I pointed out he would then, obviously, have to eat vegetables. Needless to say, it never happened.

Jen Ambrose said... [Reply]

Contrast that with the conversation I had with Myles last night, why he had no problem eating donkey, but wouldn't touch horse.

And yes, I am still a vegetarian.

Shannon said... [Reply]

LOL! Our then eight year old decided he wanted to be a vegetarian, lasted about a week, I think it might have been the curried lentils that were the tipping point, but on day six he asked could we just have meat, please.

Connie said... [Reply]

When Honor was about Kyra's age, maybe a little younger, she decided that there were two types of chicken.. one is the animal, the other was any sort of meat on her plate (even if it came from a cow). There was no convincing here that chicken was chicken, or beef, or whatever. She didn't want to hear it. She also wanted a farm to grow her own chickens...and I had to live with her and help (because she didn't know how to take care of chickens) ... but no meat chickens allowed.

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