Well...I'm not about to go vegan...he he he. Just couldn't resist the catchy title based on my little anecdote for the day.
So, I'm on my way home from work after this morning's classes, and as I'm passing by the Wendy's, I see that there's a homeless person sitting outside with a sign asking for money. This is the norm. Different day, different homeless person. They must fight over this coveted spot.
Anyway, I don't give people money unless I see that they have some true physical disability. You can't fake me out with a phony wheel chair scam, though... I'm a sharp, savvy New Yorker. Your illness has to be visibly real. However, today, it was especially cold, so I softened up a bit. This guy was obviously able bodied, and middle aged, but out on the street in the cold.
I told the guy..."hey...I won't give you money, but I'll buy you some lunch. You want a double cheeseburger meal or something?" He wrinkles up his face at the suggestion. "No, I'm a vegetarian. Can you just get me a salad, some mandarin orange slices and a big soda?"
I was like "huh?". It just threw me off for a second! Not that I don't think that there are any homeless vegans....it's just A) I never really thought about it, and B) have never had someone turn down a burger or sandwich before when I've offered it! (except this one ballsy guy once that straight out told me "I don't want no damn sandwich... I need some money!"). Anyway...
Well, gotta respect that! Even though he's homeless or down on his luck, he's sticking to his guns! He won't eat just anything .... unless it's meatless.
Don't let hard times change you! I guess that's the moral of the story, huh? ;)
So, I got him his salad, no meat or cheese on it, with vinaigrette dressing, an orange cup and a big soda. He thanked me kindly. I went on my way and felt great.
I have to wonder, though.... if it really came down to it, would he eat meat instead of starving? What if he were in a situation where he absolutely had no choice?
By the way, isn't eating totally vegan all the time kind of expensive? I mean, you have to buy more tofu, more nuts, more "other stuff that's not meat" or meat substitute, right? At least, that's what I've always thought. Correct me if I'm wrong!
Hey, all you vegans... if you were in a situation where you hadn't had food for days, and the only thing that became available was a meat product or meat based meal, you'd eat it, right? As repulsive as that might be to you... Survival comes first, I would think.
However, this guy lives to be vegan yet another day! Yay for him! ;)