A month or so ago my oldest watched a movie at school called "Super Size Me". I didn't pay too much attention to this because it kind of seemed redundant. I know at the time she declared that she would never eat at McDonald's again.
"Yes...whatever," I thought, "I'll play your silly game."
And then it came to my attention that not only was she not eating at McDonald's any more, but she wasn't eating fast food from anywhere any more. Or meat.
Somehow I had missed that one.
"You're not eating meat?" I asked.
"I'm a vegetarian," she replied.
"When did that happen?" I asked.
"She saw a movie..." Lois started to explain.
"Yeah, I remember that."
In my head I was thinking: "Wasn't that like a month ago? Haven't we been eating meat all this time? Has she been eating 'not meat' every time we sit down for dinner for the past month? And because it was late Sunday afternoon and we were all starving and driving around town doing weekend shopping stuff, I asked myself the most important question of all. "Where the hell are we going to eat?"
Later on a little light bulb came on and I was all, "That's why she's been eating all those avocados! And why Lois bought that tofu the other day. And why Jen is always asking about gelatin."
The other day while Lois and I were walking through the grocery store and doing this double shopping thing, I asked her, "Does Jen know what she's doing?"
Lois explained to me that she told Jen that if she's really going to do this, then she needs to educate herself on what's a balanced diet and how to prepare foods.
"I'll help her," Lois said, "But this is like uncharted territory. We're just going to have to play it by ear. And in the meanwhile, if she's going to stay away from anything bad, it may as well be fast food."
I had to laugh. Remember when it used to be just drugs and alcohol?