Not Never

I’ve been a vegetarian since I was born.  When I tell people this I invariably get asked “so wait…never?” to which I could tell them about various sauces I didn’t realize had chicken stock in them or ramen that had pork broth but those are pretty boring.  Usually I tell the story of how when I was 3 or 4 we were visiting my Aunt overseas.

I’m a vegetarian because my mother chose to raise me that way but her family was never really on board.  Cooking has always been very important to them and the sorts of foods they cooked tended to contain meat.

Anyway, this time we were visiting we went to a meal where there was roast chicken.  I was too young to know what that was.  I don’t think I even knew that I was a vegetarian.  My aunt capitalized on this and offered me some without telling my mom.  Since this memory is very hazy I like to imagine my mom seeing this from across the room, the realization slowly spreading across her face as she begins a slow motion sprint knocking over family members and tables alike.

The end of the story is what you’d expect, I liked the chicken. From what I gather, everyone likes chicken.  My mom was upset and my aunt said something like “but look he likes it!” and I never had chicken (knowingly) again.


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