Vegetables in Soceity
We had a “goodbye” lunch for a developer yesterday…and, as most any “we have no idea how many people will be attending”-type event is, we worked our way to a Chinese buffet. If you’ve ever been to a buffet with me, you know I see a buffet as a personal challenge. “There is all of this food here, and they’re not going to stop you from eating,” (cue John Pinette’s “Chinese Buffet” bit) so I just keep on going. Of course, not eating meat, it makes my selections somewhat limited…a huge pile of vegetables grilled on the hibachi, a great big heaping pile of “mixed vegetables,” and if I’m feeling really saucy, maybe a vegetable egg roll.
I looked at two of my coworkers, and our plates couldn’t be more different. Well, they were both absolutely brimming with food, but there was nothing but meat on their plates. Seriously, just a stack of meat. We joked around for a little bit, but the end result was as simple as they “didn’t like vegetables.”
Seriously, they didn’t eat vegetables because they didn’t like them.
I’m brought back to my first fiancée, who didn’t eat vegetables. When I was in college, I was a bit of a porker, but LOVED ordering Chinese with her, because she’s order beef & broccoli, and I’d eat all of her broccoli. To this day, I’m told that my ex still doesn’t eat vegetables, and has to play the “do as mommy says, not as mommy does” with the kid.
But, seriously, how do you live life not liking vegetables? I know vegetarianism isn’t for everybody . . . but anti-vegetarianism? I don’t get it.