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

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Dating

I met Justin at an overnight lock-in sponsored by the honors program. We were freshmen and didn't know anyone, so although he was a bit annoying, we talked a few hours that night. They served brownies and pizza. Justin inquired why I wasn't eating anything. When I explained that I was vegan, he gave me one of the responses that vegans dread hearing (probably because we hear it so often), "But weren't animals put on the earth to be eaten by humans?" Amazingly, a month later we were dating.

At the time, I wouldn't explain why I was a vegan. It was too important to me, and I did not want to compromise my belief or my relationship by trying to mix them. Still, Justin had questions and did research on veg*nism. A few weeks after dating me, Justin became a vegetarian. While this made me happy, it also added stress. I want my loved ones to be veg*n, but I always wondered if he was doing it just to make me happy, or how long it would last, or how I would deal with the disappointment I would feel if he returned to his meat-eating ways.

I did not have to deal with those questions the first year. We dated for about six months, then went separate ways over the summer. At home, he again became a meat-eater. Our sophomore year we were tentative friends, but towards the end of the year we again became fond of each other and started dating.

Sometimes I would ramble on about how great being a vegan is. Still, I knew I couldn't ask him about his transformations from omni to herbi to omni because it would cause a rift between us. It does bother me that he eats meat. I must console myself by saying that maybe it isn't his time yet, and take hope from the vegetarian vegetable soup on his shelf and his mentioning that he doesn't eat veal. He may not have cared about veg*nism, but he did care about me. He would eat my food when he was over and order a cheeseless pizza for me without making a face.

Due to distance, I am now single. It's hard to find someone who will care about a passionate zealot. I would like the person I date to be a vegan. But I think it's more important to find someone who will care about me than someone who will care about the same things.

by Carrie C.
Kentucky

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