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Raising Vegetarian Children
by Jo Stepaniak, M.S.Ed., & Vesanto Melina M.S., R.D.

Raising Vegetarian Children

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Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?

The movie of the same name in the mid-sixties achieved immortality not only because of the spectacular acting of the all-star cast -- Spencer Tracy, Katherine Hepburn, and Sidney Portier -- but also because it struck an nerve within America concerning race relations and intermarriage.

I wonder what would happen if we all invited a turkey to our annual Thanksgiving gluttony festivals. Sure, turkeys have been the honored guests at Thanksgiving dinners in this country for centuries, but due to circumstances beyond their control, they haven't been able to fully participate in the festivities.

What if just this once, Tom Turkey was invited to JOIN us for dinner? Would the event strike a nerve with the rest of the world concerning Animals Rights and achieve immortality? Well, I guess that would depend on how Tom would behave himself.

The first thing to observe would be his eating habits and whether he would he gobble his food. Would he be too territorial and not let any other guests get near the cranberry sauce? Would he guzzle too much Wild Turkey and start dancing with a lamp shade over his wattle? Or instead will Tom Turkey be his usual endearing self and make everyone realize that his place is AT the dinner table, not ON the dinner table.

Part of his charm is that he will establish a "strut zone" in which he will literally "strut his stuff" for the females. Not much different than your brother-in-law Leon, but much more colorful. He will also be meticulous about his grooming, which is a lot more that you can say about your cousin Stu from Greenwich Village. At some point, he'll fly up into a tree to roost, where he'll undoubtedly run into your Uncle Harry, who had a few too many.

He's also not too fussy about what you have to feed him (which is in stark contrast to your Aunt Gertrude). He's 90% vegetarian, and he'll be happy just with veggies and a few bugs thrown in for variety. And he won't need a ride home like your mother-in-law; he'll do just fine cruising along over the traffic at speeds in excess of forty-five miles per hour.

So, all in all, not a bad dinner guest by comparison. This is, after all, the bird that Benjamin Franklin favored over the bald eagle to be our national bird, claiming that the turkey was "more respectable" and "a true original native of America." So let's all invite a turkey to Thanksgiving dinner. Besides saving about forty-five million lives, we might have an excuse for not inviting some of our relatives........not enough room at the table.

Fred F.
New Jersey

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