Monday, March 8, 2010

Homage to meat


I think it's fair to say Sidamo is no longer just experimenting with the idea of eating meat; he's jumping into the big old meat pile with mouth wide open. The other day, for instance, he asked to make a collage. We gave him paper, scissors, glue, and a stack of newspaper. Above is what he came up with.

A few weeks ago I took him to the aquarium on a special mommy-Damo date. On the car ride home, he was uncharacteristically quiet. I asked what he thought of the fish. He answered, "I'm wondering why we never get to eat them." That week I bought some salmon and we all ate it for dinner. (As an aside, I think Nora will not be far behind Sidamo on the meat train: She devoured her little bit of salmon and then ate all of mine. I've never seen her eat so much, so quickly, so enthusiastically.)

Since Friday, Sidamo has asked for a turkey sandwich for lunch every day. Greg is a little addicted to the turkey sandwich, so we always have sliced turkey in the fridge. I have obliged Sidamo's requests. The first day, he only finished about 3/4 of his sandwich before he was ready for his nap. He begged me not to throw it away. "I'll have it for snack," he said. "And if Daddy comes home before I wake up, don't let him eat it. You have to pretect [that's how he pronounces "protect"] my meat from Daddy!"

Today, as he was eating his turkey sandwich, he asked if I'd buy him some chicken so he could have chicken-turkey sandwiches. Because four days in, one kind of poultry just isn't cutting it anymore.

So despite the fact that I can't honestly say whether he really understands the animal-meat connection, I'm letting him take this in whatever direction he wants. And that direction seems to be a beeline toward the meat aisle.

8 comments:

Mark and Sarah said...

Hmmmm...I'm not sure what to say about the ads for 97 cent meat...I'd beeline away from *that* meat aisle!

The Wanderers' Daughter said...

I love his meat collage...too funny. Definitely exploring his inner carnivore, huh.

Alicia said...

My computer can be incredibly slow loading pics, so I read the entry while waiting for the picture. When I scrolled back up top to see it, I nearly cried from laughing so hard. Love, love, love it. :)

I just hope you pretected his meat. :)

lisa said...

Yeah, we've started doing meat a few times a month, never as the primary part of the meal, because the kids clearly love it. Not as much as they love tofu, though. But I don't want them eating that every night either.
But that collage is spectacular!

Brian Bell said...

A kid after my own heart. Welcome aboard Damo.

Melissa said...

Wow... that's a determined kid.. I love the meat collage! What a riot. Now, don't let him say anything to Sena..

Mama Papaya said...

That is hilarious. He has a gift for subtly, doesn't he?

cathy said...

you're a good mama. love the collage. i bet you could auction it for big bucks as statement art. and if it makes you feel better, i am eating no meat so the ratio of vegetarians to carnivores in the great balance of life has stayed the same. ;)