My kid is the one with the fruit on his plate

Last week was a busy week for birthday parties, and there will be more coming up in

Roar! It's the vegan kiddo monster

Roar! It’s the vegan kiddo monster

the next couple months. Now that LP is almost five, he has been to enough birthday parties to know what to expect. He looks forward to games, activities, craft, singing  and cake. He knows whose birthday it is and wants to know which of his preschool friends will be there. In short, it ends up being fun for both of us.

However, we have now officially moved into the realm of navigating non-vegan events with a vegan child who is old enough to figure out that there are some things offered that we don’t eat. When we first started going to parties I made a point of making something special, like cupcakes, so that he wouldn’t feel left out. It was more work for me, but I was very conscious of making sure that LP didn’t feel like he was missing out. This week I didn’t have it in me to make cupcakes of my own volition, so I asked LP what kind of treat he wanted to bring to the first party. He picked Girl Scout cookies (Thin Mints are vegan now!! Yeehaw!!). So, we went to the party with three girl scout cookies in a bag, and he was thrilled. He munched on the thoughtful vegan snacks that the birthday girl’s family set out (hummus and carrots, strawberries and blueberries). And after we all sang Happy Birthday and the birthday girl blew out her candles he turned to me and said excitedly “Can I have my cookies now?”

Even though he is a vegan kiddo, he still picks the coonskin cap at school. Sigh.

Even though he is a vegan kiddo, he still picks the coonskin cap at school. Sigh.

For the next birthday party he chose to bring cookies again, except this time they were the Super Charge Me cookies he had made himself. While the other kids at pizza, fruit  and veggies LP just loaded up his plate with strawberries, blueberries and tomatoes. I snuck some carrots on there, but then he made me eat them instead. Once again, as the cake was being passed out, LP happily munched on his cookies.

It’s easy to project my own hangups on my kids. I often worry about fitting in, and I definitely have the experience of eating out as a vegan being super awkward. This week I was glad to see that, so far, LP doesn’t seem to be worried about it. It doesn’t shock me that he sees being vegan as no big deal, because it is all he has ever known. The fact that he seems to take it in stride that other people aren’t vegan and that he might opt out of some party treats makes me happy. This is not to say that he doesn’t appreciate it when there are vegan things for him. Whenever we go somewhere and people make something vegan he usually says “that was nice of them!” This week his preschool will have Wacky Wednesday and he will be thrilled to have the same waffles as everyone else because our community is so kind about making things vegan.

But this week I learned that he was OK with being the kid with fruit on his plate instead

Gratuitous snow picture

Gratuitous snow picture

of pizza. And that he relished his special cookie treats when the other kids had cake. I think my 5 year old has a better handle on this “vegan in social situations” thing than I ever have.

Snowpocalypse 2015

Well, we are now in third place for snowiest winter ever in Boston . . . and it is only mid-February. Yesterday we got another foot. In the afternoon LP and I went out back and made snow angels in seven-foot high drifts. We almost have a clear path over our fence into our back neighbor’s lot, so we think we might try snow-shoeing that today, if the temperatures get over 15 degrees. We’ve been doing lots of drawing, cooking, and cuddling, but we hope the snow lets up soon before cabin fever really truly sets in. Here are some pictures of snowpocalypse.

Note: these photos were taken before the most recent storm, so add another foot and you will have a better idea of what we are dealing with!

Our house, peeking out from behind the snow pile

Our house, peeking out from behind the snow pile

Down our street

Down our street

Out on a snowy walk

Out on a snowy walk

IP in front of our snow pile

IP in front of our snow pile

More snow on our street!

More snow on our street!

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