As some of you may know, Zack has converted to veganism.
And you may also probably know that I like to push buttons wherever buttons can be pushed and just saying the word "veganism" can get his feathers ruffled so I like to throw it around quite a lot these days. Things like:
Waiter: Would you like some freshly grated parmesan on that?
Me: I sure would...but he can't. He's practicing veganism.
Or when he is about to eat something shouting: Wait! It's got honey in it - is that allowed on veganism??!!
Aren't you sad you don't live with me? Don't I sound like fun to be around?
Anyhow, I think that living with someone who has decided to be a vegan is hard. You sort of have to travel through several stages to get through it. No, I'm being serious. Now pretend you love cheese. That's not hard to imagine, because it's so delicious and creamy and smooth...and now imagine that you and your friend eat cheese together all the time and it's one of your top 3 favorite things together. Your heart beats a little faster when the "let's just eat bread and cheese for dinner tonight" words are uttered.
Now imagine your friend says they are no longer going to eat cheese with you. They'll sit and watch you eat cheese and they'll look at the cheese and maybe sometimes smell the cheese...but they will never eat the cheese with you ever again.
Are we all wiping away tears?
So, that's how I've been feeling the past few weeks. And I've moved through several stages:
DENIAL: There's no way he'll stop eating cheese with me! He loves me too much to do that!
GUILT: Maybe if I hadn't eaten so much cheese in front of him, he wouldn't feel the need to stop.
ANGER: Screw it. I'm eating cheese in front of him ALL DAY LONG.
DEPRESSION: I guess I'll just go eat cheese in the closet. Alone.
And now that I've worked through all those stages, I've come to ACCEPTANCE. I moved forward and even made him a batch of peanut butter vegan cookies as a token of my recognition and cooperation of our new less delicious but healthier life together.
(Just for clarification purposes I want you all to know that he has not in reality "converted to veganism". He is just eating very little animal protein. He says that he will still sometimes eat cheese with me.)