A man had been happily married to his wife for twelve years, living together with their 12-year-old son. They used to share similar eating habits and loved their food, but six years ago, the man’s wife made a dietary change that would change the way they ate forever.
The Vegan Decision
Six years ago, the man’s wife made a life-changing decision to go vegan after watching a documentary. “Ever since then, she has held a strong opinion that non-vegan food is ‘revolting’”, he explained. “She refuses to eat it, and hates to be around it too.”
The husband agreed to be a vegetarian and support his wife. He would sometimes eat dairy products, but whenever he was around the house, he would embrace a vegan lifestyle to help keep non-vegan foods out of the household.
Raising a Vegan Child
Things took a step up when the man’s wife decided that their 12-year-old son should also adhere to a vegan diet. “Initially, I was skeptical, but after seeing a dietitian, I agreed”, he continued.
Son’s Secret Snacks
However, the husband had recently made a discovery that disrupted the harmony of the household’s dietary arrangement. He found non-vegan candy wrappers and hamburger remnants hidden in his son’s school bag, a stark contrast to the vegan lifestyle they had been maintaining.
The Son’s Explanation
When the man spoke to his son about this, the boy admitted that he felt isolated and excluded when he couldn’t share snacks with his non-vegan friends, who often had more appealing options. Peer pressure had led him to use his chore money to buy these forbidden treats.
A Change of Heart
Faced with his son’s dilemma, the man decided that to start buying his son non-vegan snacks. “I didn’t want him spending his pocket money on snacks instead of games and whatnot”, he explained. “I also didn’t want him to be throwing out the vegan snacks we bought him, it was wasteful and made no sense.”
However, knowing how his wife would feel about this, the man decided to keep these purchases a secret between him and his son. He would only ever buy them when he was alone with his son, usually on the way to football practice.
The Wife Found Out
Unfortunately, the wife eventually discovered her husband’s actions and reacted with strong disapproval. “She called me an animal abuse enabler and a few other names, saying that I was corrupting our son”, he recounted.
The Son’s Excuse
At this point, the man’s wife was already giving him the silent treatment, but things got even worse when the son started making excuses. “Our son panicked and told her I had bought the snacks for him and he didn’t know they weren’t vegan”, he laughed. “I don’t blame him for that, he just doesn’t want to be in trouble with his mom.”
Confessing His Guilt
The man headed to an online message board to explain what had happened, asking community members whether they felt he had messed up. “Nah bro, you did nothing wrong”, replied one reader. “Your wife sure did though. If my husband decided our kids and I had to go vegan I’d divorce him.”
Veganism is a Choice
Everyone agreed that the woman’s enforced veganism was a step too far. “Going vegan is a choice”, one commenter stated. “She did not give you or your son a choice about your dietary preferences. Of course your kid will go behind her back. I would too. It’s really not her decision. I’m surprised you aren’t sneaking off with your son for burgers.”
Another commenter shared their experience. “My mom was big on calorie control and healthy eating so I often bought junk food and snacks in secret when out with my friends – I would even have fried chicken before coming home for my evening meal.”
Shaming Her Child
Overall, readers were sympathetic, and some felt that his wife was being borderline abusive. “If your wife is confronting him about this, trying to make him feel guilty with the same phrases she’s using with you, I would prioritize your son’s needs and well-being”, another commenter suggested. “Situations like this can cause a lot of problems down the line.”
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