I blame Disney.
by Mel Perry
I am now almost thirty and have been a Vegetarian since first grade. I never really liked meat as a small child. My parents always had to force me to eat my chicken or burger. I can't tell you the exact moment I made the connection beween the living animal and that dead thing on my plate. I joke about Disney playing a big role. Animals in their movies had feelings. They could sing and dance. They also cried when you shot their mothers. Bambi was one of my favorite movies as a child. My Dad would tease at the table "We're eating Thumper tonight!" My brothers found this funny; I was silently terrified that it might be true. Meat was always gross to me, but as soon as it became scary, I quit it for good. I did not even know the word Vegetarian, but I became one. This was in the 80's, and most people found me strange for my choice. Whenever I went to sleepovers, my Mom would call the other Mom and have what she called "the talk", explaining my no-meat diet.