It’s really not that hard . . .

Mom Musings:

I keep waiting for the vegan-parenting thing to get hard.  So far Halloween has worked out several years in a row.  Ditto with the neighborhood Easter egg hunt (where we hunt for plastic eggs with fruit-sweetened, gelatin-free jelly beans, and give any chocolate we find to other kids).  We’ve gone to a few birthday parties where I bring along some  vegan cupcakes, that make my kiddo and a few other ones very happy.  Our preschool doesn’t let kids share lunches, and when LP has asked to share goldfish crackers for something similar at playdates and such, he gets over it quickly when we say the snack has cow’s milk in it.

I keep expecting raising vegan kids to get more difficult.  I gear myself up for every new social interaction or educational situation.  But so far it’s been easy.  At home my kids much on tofu, peanuts, and soy yogurt.  Out in the non-vegan world they seem to be floating along just fine, barely aware that they eat differently from anyone else.  People aren’t defensive when we say we’re vegan.  In fact, people are downright kind and thoughtful.

Planting our garden - we're growing lots of veggies this summer!

Planting our garden – we’re growing lots of veggies this summer!

It’s nice to be pleasantly surprised by all of this.  I still worry a little about kindergarten, and so on.  But I’m hoping my fears are as unfounded as that point as they have been so far.  Being vegan is easy for me because it makes sense to me.  At this point in my journey, the idea of eating animals and their secretions is far more strange and unnerving than the idea of eating vegetables, fruits and grains.  I’m starting to think that my kids are going to start their young lives feeling similarly, and that they won’t be social pariahs because of it.  While I’m always ready for a good fight to defend the lifestyle my husband and I have chosen for our family, it’s really nice that there haven’t been any real battles yet.

LP setting up raised beds!

LP setting up raised beds!

Funny Times in Kid Land

Finally, a much anticipated kiddo update!!

Our son wants to become a comedian.  He has recently learned the power of humor and jokes, and uses that power whenever possible.

It started a while ago when he began using this phrase: “What is going on here?”  Words on the page don’t do it justice, but nothing was funnier at the dinner table than when he would tell us about his day this way:

“At preschool the light bulb was out.  And to Eleanor (his teacher) I was like ‘What is going on here??!!’  Later when Mommy came home she had to take her bike helmet off.  And I was like ‘What is going on here??!!’”

And so on.  I’m pretty sure both the phrase What is going on here??!!” as well as the “I was like . . .” that precedes it come from my mouth originally.  But once LP figured out that we laughed at this, he kept going with it.  Eventually we stopped responding so much, and, like any good comedian, he read the room and decided to move onto a different type of humor.

Enter poop

Yep.  We’re in that phase.  “Poop” is the most hilarious word known to man.

Poop is funny!

Poop is funny!

Forget George Carlin and his biting performance about the words you can’t say on television.  Forget the satirical mastery of Jon Stewart and Stephan Colbert.

Poop is where it’s at.

First LP just ran around saying “poop” and laughing uproariously.  Then he moved on to juxtapose “poop” with other objects.  For example:

“Poop in the potty” (tee hee hee) 

“Poop on the chair” (chuckle, chuckle)

“Poop on the floor” (ha ha ha)

“Poop on paper” (HA HA HA)

At no point was poop on any of these objects (thank god).  Instead, just the mere mention of poop with non-poop-related objects is the source of much mirth.  Having studied how humor works, I see how LP is doing a pretty cool creative thing.  He is searching for combinations that are surprising in a funny way.  It is actually the right path to developing a sense of humor.

The G-man and I have been deliberately not laughing or responding to the poop talk, just because we don’t want the “poop” things to stick around any longer than it has to.  But it turns out, our reactions don’t really matter.  Because LP has an audience who things his poop jokes are the best things ever, and loves to trail along behind him, chiming in with “poop” and more uproarious laughter

Guess who is TOTALLY into poop humor?

Guess who is TOTALLY into poop humor?

Yep.  I guess that is what adoring little siblings are for.  Looks like low-brow humor is here to stay for a bit.


After we're done with comedy hour, it's time for plants!

After we’re done with comedy hour, it’s time for plants!

Our newest family member - our new kitty!

Our newest family member – our new kitty!


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