13 August, 2009

lead me not into temptation...

This morning when I woke up I didn't open my eyes right away, but burrowed deeper into my pillow and revisited the vision:

I'm in a large open dining room in a renovated ancient farmhouse. A sweet-faced woman arrives at our table bearing a large platter piled high with fragrant seafood on a bed of fresh arugula.

The kids and I tuck into trout, perch, and lightly breaded calamari. We extract tender flesh from enormous crayfish dipped in garlic butter and squeeze lemons on steaming shrimp.

My mouth starts to water. I pull the sheets up around my shoulders and sleepily await that moment when I fully wake and realize that I've been enjoying an extravagant dream.

That moment never comes.

It wasn't a dream.

It was a bit of a rude awakening to remember that after three years of strong resolve I’ve fallen off of the vegetarian wagon for the second time this week... (and it was SO worth it!)


Goofball said...

what is your motivation to be a vegeterian: dislike for the taste of meat/fish or ecological motives or ethical motives?

Jen of A2eatwrite said...

I think if you're going to fall, fish is so worth falling for.

Betsy said...

Goofball: all of the above, actually. Was never a big meat eater anyway, and when I think about the conditions under which the animals are raised / killed, the impact it has on the environment, and health issues, it just doesn't make sense for me to eat it. Also, knowing that I couldn't ever personally kill an animal and eat it I don't think it's fair to expect someone else to do it for me.

I'm making some exceptions during this vacation, but plan to go back to my regular diet when I get back home.

Jen: I totally agree! It was so delicious! And I think it's important to try the local cuisine while we're here...