A man lived in the rural Midwest with his family, which included his wife and 14-year-old teenage daughter. His daughter had recently switched to a vegan diet, and the father supported this decision, but he had no idea how much this could soon affect his own eating habits.
For years, the family had been avid meat-eaters, with bacon as a staple breakfast item. However, the daughter’s decision to go vegan at the age of 14 prompted a shift in their household.
A Supportive Father
The father, eager to support his daughter, enthusiastically embraced this change. The man explained: “We learned how to substitute ingredients, cook new things, try new things… I even adjusted our budget to include more expensive vegan substitutes for her”.
The Bacon Incident
Trouble arose when the man, without thinking much of it, cooked bacon in a shared pan and later rinsed it out to load into the dishwasher. His daughter’s reaction was one of fury. She declared the pan to be exclusively for her vegan food and insisted it was “HER pan.”
The Pan Solution
Dad, in a smart effort to accommodate his daughter’s wishes, decided to purchase her a set of colored pans exclusively for her vegan cooking. The colors served as a reminder not to use them for non-vegan meals.
A New Request
However, the colored pans weren’t enough. The man’s daughter contended that the dishwasher was now contaminated with animal products, and even the fridge bore “bacon grease fingers” due to his meat consumption and contact with kitchen surfaces.
Yet Another Request
After the teenage girl had cooled off from her tantrum, she proposed her latest request. “She’s asked me and her mom to completely stop eating meat at home”, the father lamented. “Frankly, I’m on team heck no.”
The Mother’s Compromise
However, the man’s wife leaned towards accommodating their daughter’s request. She suggested they could still consume meat at their parents’ homes which were nearby, but she wanted their daughter to feel comfortable in her own kitchen.
The Daughter’s Compromise
The parents’ daughter also offered a compromise of her own. She expressed that dairy products like cheese and butter didn’t bother her, but it was meat that made her uncomfortable.
Struggling to Find Common Ground
Amidst all these suggestions, the father grappled to find common ground with his daughter. He respected her new dietary choices, but her request to banish meat from their household entirely seemed selfish and extreme. While he empathized with her and was proud of how caring she had grown, the thought of giving up bacon at home was a line he was not willing to cross.
Asking the Internet
The man was unsure how to move forward in this situation without sacrificing his bacon or upsetting his daughter. He headed online and posted his story, curious as to what other people thought. “Get her a special sponge she can use to wash her own dishes so she doesn’t have to use the “tainted” dishwasher”, someone wrote with suggestions of her entitlement.
She’s Acting Ridiculous
A fellow meat-hater chimed in with their opinion, but they didn’t take the daughter’s side. “As a teen who’s trying to go vegetarian, I can say your daughter is acting ridiculous”, they wrote. ‘“The dishwasher is tainted”? What kind of nonsense is that? She shouldn’t be forcing you guys to go vegan in your own house if you don’t want to. You’ve been very supportive as it is.’
Support From Vegans
Even vegans united with the bacon-lovers to support the conflicted father. “She’s young, and a new vegan, so she will probably ease it off”, one vegan wrote. “When you first go vegan you’re so excited and feel so enlightened, like no one ever figured this out before you. Then you get a little jaded and relax a bit. Try to tough it out and keep talking to her.”
Classic Teenager Behavior
Many people commented that sadly, this was simply a classic case of an uncompromising teenager tantrum. “She’s 14”, a commenter reminded the man. “There is no middle ground at 14. My condolences, as it’s going to be a long winter.”
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