Dining With Mom, Rationalization Edition #1LinerWeds

Mom loved meat possibly more than I do. She would eat pretty much anything with no hesitation or apologies. She thought I was picky because I drew the line at baby animals, land animals without feet, aquatic animals with feet, squidgy critters, organ meat, feet, brains, or naughty bits.

I took particular exception to cute little animals and, when I was around vegans/vegetarians a lot, I questioned the eating of animals at all.

Mom was unimpressed by any objections.

ME: We just watched BABE. How can you sit there and eat a pig?

MOM: It was born to be eaten.

Also Mom:

Being eaten is its manifest destiny.

Um, no, Mom, that would be Shmoo.

This post is part of Linda G. Hill’s weekly blog hop, One-Liner Wednesday. If you have a one-liner or just like them, follow the link.




I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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  1. Dan Antion

    April 21, 2021 at 8:22am

    I don’t think you’re picky. The list you rattled through are pretty much off the menu here. But, your mom’s quote is hard to argue with.

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  2. acflory

    April 21, 2021 at 6:17pm

    I decided a long, long time ago that if I had to slaughter my own meat I’d turn vegetarian in a heartbeat. I know how hypocritical that is, but I also know that we humans were born to be omnivores, so I continue to eat meat, but try to make it free range when the budget allows. The Offspring has never been a huge meat eater and won’t touch raw meat of any kind so we’ve gradually reduced the amount of meat we eat. My repertoire of non-meat or very low-meat [i.e. a bit of bacon but nothing else, or homemade chicken stock etc] is growing and every dish is delicious. It just takes more effort. Far easier to grill a bit of meat, add a salad or something and call it a meal.

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      Marian Allen

      April 22, 2021 at 8:51am

      Charlie and I ate meat (except red meat — he couldn’t, for health reasons) very little, as you do. After he died, I hit the meat (especially red meat) hard and heavy. I think it was a weird coping mechanism. As the months go by, I want meat less and less. Now I have a freezer full of stuff I bought on sale. It’ll probably last me another year. As you say, it’s fairly quick and easy to knock out a meat entree, but veg doesn’t have to be complex. I don’t know of anything better than steamed herbed carrots, and mashed-potatoes-and-corn is one of my favorite meals. 🙂

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      • acflory

        April 22, 2021 at 5:44pm

        oh oh oh! steamed carrots, yes! We are naughty though, we have the carrots, boiled potatoes, broccoli whatever, with home-made garlic butter. Sooo satisfying. 😀

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          Marian Allen

          April 23, 2021 at 9:39am

          Sounds delicious! Yeah, potatoes–When I get through with ’em, they aren’t good for you anymore. Although I do love them half-boiled, patted dry, drizzled in olive oil and sprinkled with salt and pepper, and roasted until crispy. Mmmmm!

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          • acflory

            April 23, 2021 at 6:49pm

            LMAO – oh yes, Marian, that humble spud is amazing roasted like that!

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  3. Alicia Butcher Ehrhardt

    April 22, 2021 at 6:22am

    It’s difficult to not eat meat and be on a low-carb diet. I don’t think I’ll ever make the transition when I’ve avoided carbs for a long time because my brain doesn’t work on them. I don’t LIKE most vegetables (though love broccoli, cauliflower, celery, salad greens, greenbean… the low-carb vegetables.

    I LOVE carbs – they just don’t agree with me.

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      Marian Allen

      April 22, 2021 at 8:53am

      I’ve often wondered how vegetarians/vegans who have to eat low-carb cope. Sounds like there’s quite a variety available. What would you do for protein, though? Are nuts low-carb? I like food puzzles. 🙂

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      • Alicia Butcher Ehrhardt

        April 22, 2021 at 12:50pm

        I already eat too many nuts – macadamias, pecans, and almonds are relatively low-carb, and I eat several ounces most days.

        People who don’t eat meat rely on things like tofu, which I cannot stand, and texturized vegetable protein, which gives me instant gas and continuous burps for hours. To that they add beans of all kinds (high in carbs).

        It works for them – those who try – but I have no energy to even try such solutions, and the vegan/vegetarian offerings here are ones where I ALWAYS ask myself where these people are getting enough protein.

        Somehow my metabolism works even less well, if that’s possible, without animal protein.

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