this week, the boys had a play date with a new friend, Alex.
she is very sweet, and a total hoot.
anth was with bern and I on and off this week due to the fact that he couldn't go back to sports camp.
so, it was just anth and i on the way home to said play date.
anth was asking me about alex, and suggested we have a "pizza party."
to anth, pretty much any occasion has pizza potential.
he suggested pepperoni.
he always suggests pepperoni.
this he gets from bern.
i explained that alex's family was vegetarian.
my sister, Katie, and her boyfriend Jeff are also vegetarian.
they visited us in Ohio last fall, so i thought that i could use them as an example.
anth needed a refresher.
i explained what "vegetarian" meant.
anth asked why people would not eat meat.
i explained that there were a variety of reasons ...medical/health/environment/preference/for the animals, etc....
anth was not buying most of my explanations.
until i mentioned the animals.
this made him take pause.
"well, mom. i really do like animals."
"i know you do, anth."
"um, so...i think i'll be a vegetarian who only eats animals from the store."
first, i wondered...where did he recently see someone get their meat from somewhere other than a store?
(yes, this is possible. just not in the realm of his daily life.)
then i tried to dig a little deeper in my explanation of the term "vegetarian."
he sat on this one for a minute while we drove down Riverside.
"okay. then i'll be the kind who only eats animals baked."
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