On the Friday after Thanksgiving, Karen woke me up at 6:30 am to say that she and Jasper would be heading out to do some shopping, I didn’t think they really needed me (so I stayed in bed for another three hours). Low and behold, Karen says the sight was eerie: a totally empty Babies R Us. She scooped up doorbuster sale items without any competition, including huge boxes of diapers for pennies per pamper. Karen also grabbed cases of Earth Best Organic Baby Food at 50% off.
Well, wouldn’t you know it, the cases of baby food included a chicken dish. Karen confronted me with this news saying that, “We’re going to have to decide if we’re going to feed Jasper meat.” I’m thinking, “well, it’s almost decided now since it’s been purchased” (and I hate to throw away food and my ethical choices often take a backseat when bargains are concerned…). On the other hand, the matter isn’t settled. No. Not until the internets have had their say. So please do chime in. We need input. (FYI: Karen eats meat, sparingly, and I don’t – seafood, dairy, and eggs are my only animal products)
For a little background, and to help get your debating juices flowing, Jasper is eating all kinds of veggies and fruits and momma’s breast milk. The only thing that sticks out is yogurt. That’s Stoneyfield Yo Baby organic stuff and yes, it was ripped from the utter of another species (intended for baby cows, no less – just sayin’). But, Jasper loves the stuff. He sometimes refuses all other food until we give him yogurt. Does that make Jasper a junkie for animal products? Who knows. Is it a slippery slope that will make it impossible to feed him veggies and one day result in him eating “meat and cheese only” as I once required as a child? Or as an adult, will Jasper become one of those non-adventurous eaters who thinks they need to have meat on every plate? Do any of you have vegetarian babies? If so, how are you handling this stuff?
Preemptive update: don’t make me post ground-rules for this discussion. Keep it cordial, use “I statements,” and have a sense of humor. Cheers.