Pearlie is thinking of becoming a vegan. She’s never eaten meat or fish, but we do eat dairy produce and eggs. As she learns more about the production of these things, she’s less keen to eat them. So, we’re on something of a fact finding mission.
If she goes ahead with this she’ll be the only one of us four to do it. Dani and I have long since reconciled ourselves to the contradictions of our ovo-lacto, vege dietary choices. Leo loves eggs, milk and various cheeses, so there’s no way he’ll be joining her. He also likes quorn, which has egg in it. Not to mention milk chocolate!
We are very lucky to know a lot of vegans, from whom we can get info – and from whom Pearlie can get support. These include two healthy vegan boys – both very fit and strong – which calms my fears a little. Pearlie isn’t planning an overnight conversion here – which I think is wise. She’s going to drop and replace things gradually. There is a vegan society approved supplement she can take - with all the vits and minerals in - if we decide that's wise.
I think the toughest thing will be all the cakes, sweets and biscuits that will become no-go areas for her. It is perfectly possible to make yummy vegan versions of these, but you have to get round to it! The days of jaffa cakes, malted milk bics and galaxy will be over.
Anyway, this is her choice to make and we’ll see what happens. It’s a valuable thing to see how far you can go for things you believe in. I’m sure it’s easier for children raised as vegan from babyhood, who have never eaten a bar of Cadbury dairy milk – but we’ll see.
Today we have been to the big, drop-in home ed group. It was a bit quiet, because lots of people have gone on a skiing trip. But there were new people, as there often are. The kids did loads of playing football (and other wild ball games, I think!) in the sports hall. I don’t set foot in there if I can help it – too many bad memories associated with such places.
Yesterday, Dani helped out at Kids’ Club, as the play worker was ill. There were three parents helping and, luckily, the kids divided themselves into three groups. Leo, and two other boys around his age, started making a Kids’ Club newspaper. Pearlie took pictures of other people dancing, and building an obstacle course, for a photo supplement to the newspaper. I cleared up the tip that was the living room, washed up, and did a bit of work on a story.
Leo is hacking away at one of those ‘dig a dino’ kits in his bedroom. Experience has taught me that I’d better be available to help with hoovering in an hour or so… He’s having a mini-revival of interest in dinosaurs. Yesterday he got Walking with Dinosaurs, on DVD, from the library and watched the whole thing. When he was four we damn near wore out the old, library VHS tapes! This is being prompted by a Kids’ Club topic (dinos/prehistoric beasts/reptiles), which is nice. It turns out there are lots of other kids there who are, or have been, dinosaur obsessed. It’s good to share. Between them, they have a wonderful library of books.
Right, off to do useful things. I really do want to get that washing out the machine and put it on the airer…