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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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Special Friendship

I have always had a few close friends, not many, but a handful whom I knew were true friends. These are the ones who simply accepted my veganism and now always offer me vegan food or are happy to eat at places that serve vegan food. True enough, when I became vegan they teased me a bit, but no worse than the sort of teasing I dish out to them about all sorts of things. One thing that has always been true about these close friends is that they have nearly all been men. I don't know why, but for some reason I have never found close female friends -- until now, that is.

If I hadn't have become vegan, then I would never have "met" the person who is the closest friend I have ever had. I say "met" simply because I haven't actually met her. There is an ocean between us. But distance really doesn't matter when it comes to true friendship. Until recently I had never known the joy of having a friend with whom I could talk about anything, no matter what. That is a very special feeling.

I am sure that friendship means different things to different people. To me, my special friendship means so many things. These are just a few of them: It makes no difference whether I am happy, sad, lonely, or just silly, my friend always knows the right things to say to make me feel special. She also has the ability to read my mind at times, and her likes and dislikes are very similar to mine. She is never offended by any of the things I say, and just accepts me as I am. I feel that whatever I say to her, she will understand. I suppose it helps that she is vegan, as she shares many of my frustrations. It is just like having a friend next door whom I have known for years. It is such fun, especially because she makes me laugh so much. I have also discovered that having a close female friend to talk with is actually a wonderful thing. Having never had one before, I didn't realise what I was missing.

It seems strange that it took the Internet to find that special friend, and I am still somewhat amazed that it happened. We will meet one day, and I know that when we do it will simply cement what is already a forever friendship. So I would like to thank VegSource, and the Veganism board in particular, for helping me to find this very special friend.

Pamela M.
England

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