The Tiffin Tin

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More on the Great Vegetarian Conversion

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Turns out, it’s not that hard to feed the Tiffin Twin a meat-free diet because he mostly lives on air and water anyway, with the occasional infusion of chocolate or spice cookies. All of these items have never, as far as I can tell without doing any research, been involved in anything that was once alive. Plus, he loves soup and I like to make soup. And so today, he had a big thermos of lentil soup, some whole grain crackers, two spice cookies, and two of the chocolate balls St. Nicholas left for him a couple of days ago. The lentil soup contains veggies (carrots, onions, tomatoes) and all those yummy, protein-filled lentils. The cookies and chocolate counteract his habit of never eating, which is why he looks like a much, much younger, and handsomer Mick Jagger, if you can picture that.

Just in case your own child decides to walk the vegetarian road, I do want to give you a tip. It’s this. When a pre-teen makes the ethical decision to avoid eating animals, he will be filled with the fervor of the new convert. And this is as good a time as any to lay down an inviolable rule, one that will stand your family in good stead for all future ideologies and enthusiasms your children might take up. Here it is:

  • You may embrace the worldview you wish, as long as it’s not hurting you or other people, but you may not proselytise your family about this worldview.

In other words, when your brothers are eating stir fried brown rice with chicken and broccoli, you may not make gagging sounds and talk about the living conditions of factory farmed chickens. We know all about that around here, because we live in Berkeley, for heaven’s sake. And that’s why we buy Happy Chickens, which as far as we know have never been oppressed.

Written by bloglily

December 8, 2006 at 12:28 pm

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  1. Snicker… I like the rule.

    Oh, just found a link you might like:

    School Gardens Help Kid’s Intellect Grow

    Sue Crocker

    December 10, 2006 at 8:06 am

  2. But BL, half the fun of a new ideology is the opportunity to proselytize! or -ise! If you were all to go vegetarian, think of all the fun debates you would not be having. It is so good of Tiffin Twin to care about the chickens. If chickens had a Time Magazine of their own, they would put him on the cover as person of the year. And chickens everywhere are likely roooting for him to convert everyone he knows.


    December 10, 2006 at 1:53 pm

  3. Thanks for the link Sue!

    Oh Mary, I can see you should be Charlie’s lawyer — he needs a better deal in this family! (And that thing about the person of the year is going to make his day when I tell him tomorrow.)


    December 10, 2006 at 10:02 pm

  4. I think that particular rule is going to be branded above dudelet’s bed when he learns to read – he’s already dictating what music we should and shouldn’t listen to. Heaven help us when he discovers good causes in a few years…


    December 11, 2006 at 6:49 am

  5. hi, no updated post, so wondering if everything is ok..


    December 11, 2006 at 7:53 pm

  6. Hello dear Shaheen — A tiring weekend, and a day of too many thngs and not enough time. It’s a very typical part of my life, but it’s so extremely nice of you to inquire. I’ll email about the Daily Tiffin schedule and see if it’s too late to put in my post.

    Hey Mr. Relaxed Dad — good causes will be the death — or growth — of all of us.


    December 11, 2006 at 8:04 pm

  7. Both of my girls, ages 6 and 8 eat breakfast and lunch each day in the school cafeteria. Breakfast is $1.00 and Lunch is $1.25. They have never packed their lunch from home. They seem to enjoy eating at school, and I know they are getting nutritious meals. I do not allow them to purchase juices or chocolate milk, they both get reduced fat white milk with both breakfast and lunch. Sodas should not even be an option in schools. Emma and Claire do not even drink them at home. They consume milk, apple juice and water. They are both very healthy and happy straight A students and love sports.


    December 13, 2006 at 1:38 pm

  8. I am so proud of your son! I just stumbled across your site today and read about him wanting to be veg. I did the same thing when I was 14 after being told I had to dissect something (let me add, I also got the mandatory rule of forcing kids to dissect in my school changed.. so I did everything on the computer) I am still a veg and happy with my decision. You already make a lot of things that are nearly veg anyway, I am sure, it is easy to leave out the meat in one portion. Good luck with learning the ropes and there is lots of great info out there for you. Oh, and I used to make the gagging sound when someone in my family ate meat too.. he will get over it after awhile, promise! 🙂


    January 9, 2007 at 5:01 pm

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