Annabel has started really taking an interest in where things come from. She wants the complete origin history on just about everything. “Mommy, where is this shirt from? But where did the store get it? But where is the material from? But where is the thread from?” She really drills down.

The number one place she asks questions is the grocery store. She wants to know where everything is from. Where did that apple grow? Those strawberries are from what farm? Does macaroni grow on trees? (I wish.) How is cheese made? I don’t know the answers to half of her questions, but I write them all down so we can research them when we get home. It’s been good for us, though – I definitely am paying closer attention to all the food we’re buying, because I should know where it’s from.

Along with all the produce questions has come the realization that meat = animals. This has started to become a thing. She doesn’t want to eat them.

Conversation we had at a restaurant last weekend:

Me: Annie, do you want chicken or a burger?
Annie: Chicken. No, not chicken.
Me: Why not, you love chicken?
Annie: Chickens are animals! Why do people eat animals? I love animals! I want to save aaaallll the animals.
Me: ….um…
Annie: I’ll have a burger, please.

Then I had to explain what a burger is.

I don’t really know how to play this. Do I keep offering her meat? If she wants to be a vegetarian, that’s fine with me. She obviously doesn’t know what a vegetarian is, though, so that will require some book readin’.  It doesn’t help that my three go-to meals all include meat. Figuring out what to feed an often-picky preschooler is a challenge that often drives me to the brink, so adding the extra meat-free angle is sure to be fun.

I am going to look for some balanced meal ideas that don’t include meat, and also find a kid’s book about being a vegetarian. I have a feeling her convictions will falter a bit when she’s offered something she really likes (bacon!). Wish me luck!