Someone I know was sitting in her office when a coworker walked by. Coworker waves a bag of deer jerky and asks it she wants to eat Bambi. She said no and the coworker left. This someone is vegan and this kind of thing happens to her pretty regularly. She never brings up her choices unless asked. When asked, she doesn’t preach. She’s professional.
We’ve long wondered why being a vegan brings out the worst in some people. Luckily a few but those few can spoil a day or even a work environment. Must be that we make them uncomfortable. Thing is we don’t mean to. We sincerely wish we didn’t (but not enough to pitch it all just to fit in).
Would she benefit from having a response at the ready? If so, what would that response be? Can we brainstorm? Here’s what I have so far.
1. You are not the first one to kid me about my beliefs. I never know what to say but it always hurts.
2. I’ve been a vegan for 14 years and I’ve heard it all. Frankly, I’m tired of it. Please stop.
3. I don’t kid you about your diet. Please don’t kid me about mine.
4. My dog taught me to love all animals. Who taught you to be an a-hole?
Be kind out there, ‘kay?
p.s. Something upbeat? Sure! See this. Hmmm.