Thursday, February 19, 2009

STUFF IT

Rumor on the street is that moms can be pretty nosy and judgmental when it comes to child-rearing. (Oh, you didn't hear that tidbit, huh? Hmmm. You must be the one propagating the prying closed-mindedness that everyone's abuzz about.)

You let your baby sleep with you?!!!

You're not sending your toddler to preschool?!!!

You're not breastfeeding?!!!

You let your kid eat candy before dinner?!!!

Your teen doesn't have a curfew?!!!

Well, I'm here to tell (or remind) y'all about how this kind of nosy faultfinding extends beyond the mommy realm and is alive and thriving in the world of food. And what we elect to eat of it.

Such an issue.

If I [am stupid enough to] state that I require hourly feedings, Someone will tell me that I shouldn't eat that often. And Someone Else will say Right on! Keep that metabolism rockin'! Then I say, Well really, I was just hungry. So I went lookin' for and found myself some toast and soymilk.

And then Someone says, Soymilk? So why not cows' milk? You're a milk snob. And Someone Else says, I love soymilk but you really should have had the Light variety. And I tell them that I avoid cows' milk and the store was out of the light soymilk, so I bought the leaded kind.

And then Someone says, No cows' milk? So you're like a vegan or something? And Someone Else assumes, Oh, you're lactose intolerant.

And I say, I'm not a vegan. I'm a vegetarian making a concerted effort at avoiding all animal products; lactose intolerance has nothing to do with it.

And then Someone says, A vegetarian, huh? You're an idiot.

And then I smile almost-politely, put My Reasons in my pocket and wander off in the other direction.

Guess what? It's none of my freaking business what you choose to stuff your [nosy] face with. And it's most certainly none of your affair what I eat, and it was awfully nice of me to engage in conversation with you in the first place.

9 comments:

bird on the lawn said...

ha ha haaaahaaaahaah. oatmel anyone!

Shanicherie said...

I totally agree! People make all the same assumptions when I grab my soy milk. But really...I just like it better than regular milk! I don't know why people are insistent on giving you their opinions. I say just throw it back at em!

Jaime Stephens said...

Love that post... Agreed.

rookie cookie said...

I still stand by my soy "milk" stance. There is no such thing as soy milk because there is no soy teet. So it is soy juice.

rabidrunner said...

Soy juice! It's my new name for the soy milk. That RC is a genius.

Would it be weird if I said this post made me fall madly, deeply, passionately in love with you? Yes it would be weird. But it's the truth!

Andrea said...

Ah, Megan, I feel your frustration. But my questions are usually "what! You don't eat vegetables? You think candy is a food group?" Yup, that's right, I think that one day a study will come out that states that all things healthy will do you in! As for candy before meals, I do it, so why can't my kids! :)

meg said...

Andie, I miss you. I miss you like I haven't seen you in years. Candy absolutely is a food group and my favorite one at that. I love the way you eat.

And Rabid, I'm not so sure what is great about this post (c'mon, I know there are some that are downright magnificent (why lie, right?), but this surely isn't one of them), but if it caught me your lusty heart, I'll take it!

Shelby Lou said...

right on. totally agree.

i love me some soy juice.

:D

rabidrunner said...

Here's how I see it. (I'm taking the liberty to fill up space here at a time when it ain't so popular.)

There are several types of posts on your blog... two of which are: the "Literary Creative Genius" posts and the "Gee I'm Glad You Said That" posts.

This is a "Gee I'm Glad You Said That" post. The A Depresant post, however, is one that fits perfectly into both categories.

(By the way... did I make Mark jealous? Being lusty 'n all?)