What could I say? Well, I pretty much said nothing. But I don’t know what to say in these types of situations!
Here’s what I’m talking about:
Ben and I were reading a bedtime story, and it showed a picture of someone eating a fish. He looked at the photo and was completely mortified. Putting his hand to his mouth, he shook his head and told me he couldn’t believe it!
Ben:“Eww! (while making gagging sounds).
I, not yet clueing into what the problem was looked at him confused.
Me: “What’s the matter?”
Ben: “What is she eating?”
Ben: “Fish?! But that’s nature!”
Me: “Yes, it is nature. And we eat it.”
Ben: “No way. Humans shouldn’t eat fish.”
Ben’s favourite thing to eat for lunch is hilariously a tuna sandwich. So, when do I tell him that tuna is, in fact, a fish?
I almost explained it to him but stopped myself. Ben is a picky eater, and so when he likes something, I’m relieved. Tuna fish sandwiches are also a simple alternative to the usual list of plain bread, pizza, and lunchmeat! I’d hate for an easy-to-prepare meal to go on the banned list! When I was a kid, I learned what hotdogs were made out of I went on a hotdog strike for about two years (I’m not kidding). I wonder how Ben will react when he learns what his favourite foods are made of?
I think I’ll hold off on having “the chat” about where meat comes from with Ben. At least for now!