Friday, June 26, 2015

Party || Dad's Birthday

It was my dad's birthday on Friday, but with all of us being super busy we couldn't all get together until yesterday. I made him a vegan feast and an incredibly shaky raw vegan cake. Haha. The bottom was yellow watermelon, middle was regular watermelon and the top was cantaloupe. It was ALOT harder to make than all those post online made it seem. Which is why it is all lopsided. Haha. We all had a great time and to Mowgli's benefit, she got all of the left overs! 

My dad has always been a " man's man." Growing up in El Salvador during the civil war he grew up tough and he grew up fast.  Luckily he also grew with a passion for higher thinking and a love for education. Always telling me "people can take your possessions but never your knowledge." That really stuck with me and make me the person that I am today. He has always been a man of logic and science so when I told him the benefits of being vegan he knew that the science backed it up. The reason I love all animals, furry or not is because of him. Growing up my dad would tell me about the snakes that he would have to move from job sites so that people wouldn't try to kill them and how everyone just thought that he was crazy because "they are just snakes, why not just kill them." He always taught me that they want to live just as badly as we do and they deserve to live just as much as we do. But he had never made the connection between his food and the animals that were being killed for it. As a Hispanic man, the head of the household, a giant plate of meat is what is thought to be essential because of the idea that only the poor don't eat meat, only because they cannot afford it. So basically to prove this point wrong many families will gorge and consume even more of it. This cycle of doing things only to prove to others that they are wrong is very strong and it very difficult to break. I changed my eating habits a few years back and my dad saw how much healthier and happier I became. So one day a few months back we were just sitting in his room as he watched some documentary about some wild animal or another (He is also the reason I am a documentary watching nerd) and we just spoke about how we as humans can be incredibly healthy without having to harm the animals to eat them or their by products and it just STUCK. He just said “you are right.” And that was that. He made the switch and he has never felt better. He physically feels incredible he says but also the mental clarity that he has gained from it is beyond words. Many people that I talk to about veganism always say “well I love meat too much to give it up.” To that I have to say, my dad and brother were much more carnivores that they were omnivores and if they can do it then really anyone can. The information is out there, we just have to want to find it.

I hope everyone has an amazing weekend!


No comments:

Post a Comment