The Diva decided recently (11 days ago to be exact) that she is going to be a vegetarian. Since it has lasted about 10 days longer than I thought it would, I have bought her some soy products to replace her meat at dinner.
Last night I decided to make a favorite dish of ours, sans meat. It is a Mexican Lasagna and the only difference was that I did not mix ground beef into the refried beans before I put it all together and baked it. The Diva was at the barn so I prepared dinner for the rest of us with the intention of keeping some warm for her. The Captain and the Postman came to the table, took one look at it and asked what was wrong with it. “Nothing”, I replied. “I just left the meat out for the Diva. There’s no reason we can’t all skip the meat once in a while.”
I have never seen such sad faces in my entire life – along with the mumbled “Why do WE have to suffer just because she doesn’t want to eat meat?” My son even scraped the refried beans into a pile on the side of his plate and refused to eat them – although he has eaten them plenty of times before when the meat was present. I have my own lion pride – albeit a small one.
On the other end of the spectrum, when the Diva came home she was genuinely happy that I made a meal for all of us that she could eat also. “Really, there’s no meat in it? Thank you, Mumma!”
So I guess the old adage is true: you can please some of the people all the time, all the people some of the time, but never all the people all of the time! So again, I realize it’s all about balance.
Vegetarian: A person who eats only side dishes. ~Gerald Lieberman