Thursday, October 30, 2008

My First Attempt at Meme-ing

Sunday Scribblings

#135 - Scandalous
Have you got some juicy gossip? What about a bit of scandal? Have you caused a commotion in your life? Would you like to? In this week full of politics and financial woe, let's add a bit of spice and fun, shall we?

Chicken

I have been a vegetarian since conception. In other words, my parents quit eating meat before I was born. Apparently one of my uncle's girlfriends once fed me a ham cube, but I couldn't help that. I mean, I was just a toddler--I didn't know any better.

Then, when I was six years old, my school held a pizza party. I can't remember the occasion. Anyway, I didn't want the veggie pizza because I was a picky child who hated green peppers and tomatoes. I took a slice of what I thought was cheese pizza. Near the crust, I found something round, red, and mostly eaten protruding from under the cheese. A pepperoni! How dare they hide meat in my pizza!

Fast forward 16 years. I was a senior in college, sitting at Taco Bell with a friend. She had ordered a chicken chalupa--something that always sounded strangely alluring to me. When a chunk of chicken dropped from her chalupa, the devil on my left shoulder told me to eat it:

"Come on, you know you want to."

The angel on my right shoulder put up a decent fight:

"You can't eat that. You don't know what will happen. You might get sick."

The bickering continued:

"Normal people eat meat. Even most vegetarians started out life as carnivores."

"You aren't "normal people."

Finally the devil half stuffed the chicken piece in the angel's mouth to hush her, and I tried it. It tasted like, well, chicken. The soy stuff, anyway. I felt that I had experienced a rite of passage. At 22 years of age I had finally tasted chicken. And I liked it.

I still haven't told my parents though.

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17 comments:

B. Roan said...

Loved this scrumptious little piece of information. Truly scandalous! This was a marvelous foray into memedom. BJ

Rinkly Rimes said...

How SHOCKING! To eat a piece of chicken! It's how we feel when we're doing something that makes it a scandal or not.

Lucy said...

You are so cute! The forbidden chicken! Love it!

bella rum said...

"It tasted like, well, chicken."
That's the first time I've ever read that line and thought it original. Too funny. I would say this was truly scandalous. Fun post.

Lisa said...

Nice job! I loved the part about the pepperoni hiding in your pizza.

paisley said...

girl if you can eat what passes for meat at taco bell your digestive system is not nearly as frail as you think it is!!!!!

you just may be a carnivore of vast proportion just waiting to come out of the vegetable bin and fill the world with recipes for game meats that will set the culinary world on fire!!!!!!!

rebecca said...

now that's scandalous!

Stan Ski said...

If it tasted like chicken to you - well now you know how much meat eaters think of most of what they (we) eat.

Cricket said...

lol - I always wondered if vegetarians were born that way! great first meme-ing!

anthonynorth said...

Ah, that devil in the head is a nuisance, isn't he?

Linda Jacobs said...

Oh, you are bad! LOL

Great writing! Very entertaining!

Patois said...

I'm afraid I'm going to have to go with Paisley on this one. I'm guessing it wasn't even really chicken.

SweetTalkingGuy said...

Phew! That's scandalous, don't ever let your folks know about this!

Nicely written (should that be bitten) piece!

keithsramblings said...

This is a truly delightful piece. I loved the bit about chicken tasting like chicken! It's also interesting that devils are meat eaters and angels are veggies! I'll never go to heaven then.

Lilly said...

Mmmm, yum chicken...

jadey said...

LOL excellent piece. I am a vegetarian and as my mom would tell you I pretty much was all through childhood as well but I did eat chicken and fish, now I do not. Great piece.

Alisa Callos said...

Loved this! Your story struck a chord, as I’ve been Veggie off and on throughout my life. However, your ending really made me laugh. My husband and I were both raised in a religion that does not eat Lobster—to this day, he still hasn’t been able to own up to his grandparents that Lobster is one of his favorite foods. Shocking. I know.