I loved Benji, but I hated those movies. I would cry uncontrollably! Between the sad music, the doggy eyes, and the nail-biting scenes of Benji possibly being mauled by a large animal, I was a mess! The happy ending did nothing to cure my sadness and I would be in for a good cry long after the movie ended. (Much to the amusement of my friends.)
Even to this day, we still get together and laugh about my emotional attachment of that dog twenty-five years later!
I have a soft spot for animals, clearly I always have. Looking back on my non-vegan life, I truly don't know how I didn't make the decision sooner to go vegan. I can't watch ASPCA commercials without getting choked up and photos of animal abuse make me so angry.
Although I cannot make up for all the years of eating meat, dairy, and all animal products. I can start making a difference now.
Since the hubs and I became vegan on September 1st, we have seen the world in a different light. Maybe it was the push we needed to go forth in life with more purpose.
This year, instead of cooking a turkey, we adopted one through Farm Sanctuary's Adopt A Turkey Project.
Her name is Antoinette and she is a feisty one, being quoted, "Let Them Eat Squash!" That is my type of gal!
You can adopt a turkey also. Even if you are not vegan, you can still contribute to the wonderful organization that Farm Sanctuary is.
Recently, on Facebook there has been heated discussions between my vegan friends and non-vegan friends. Debate is good, and healthy. I remember when I was a non-vegan and a friend would tell me they were going veggie, I rolled my eyes, and thought the same thing people think of me now:
What the hell am I going to cook for this person?
But having sat on both sides of the fence, I see where I was wrong.
Veganism is not a cult, or exclusive club, or extreme diet. It is about compassion. Compassion for creatures that don't have a voice. Compassion for the planet. Compassion for one another. Living in harmony with what is around us. And isn't that what we all want? Couldn't we all use a little peace?
Give Peace A Chance by John Lennon