Thursday, February 26, 2009

Broken Hearts and Ribeye

Gabe just broke his father's heart.

I think you have all gathered the idea that the males in my home are, well..."Cave" man-ish.
It seems appropriate.
We are not diametrically opposed to ideas such as "something dead on bread" or "first you kill it, then you grill it." 

In fact, just two nights ago, we enjoyed perfectly grilled rib-eye, the king of all steaks so far as this Cave Clan is concerned. Or, rather, mamma Cave Hair, and Daddy Cave Hair enjoyed their steaks.  Baby Cave Hair isn't too into meat of any kind yet.  But Gooberific-Scientific (sometimes we just call him "Gabe" for short) got to thinking just a bit too much about his peice of cow.  

It started with "mom, can I have some of those meatballs made out of vegetables?" (which was followed with first a look of confusion, and second a look of knowing as the falafel in the freezer was remembered) Next came the look of inner-turmoil as the questions began "why do we eat cows?" (because they are food) "Why do we eat cows?" (because they are food) "why do we eat cows?" (because they are food? Honestly, I cannot come up with a better answer to this question) and "well don't some cows have to be alive to make milk?" (true! but those are a different kind of cow. And that is TOO true!)

I'm not certain, but I am almost positive that tears nearly spilled out his soft brown lil (dare I say it?) cow-eyes as he considered the fate of the animal on his plate.  And I almost felt sad for the cow with him.  Almost.

Did I mention the steaks were perfectly grilled?

17 comments:

Housewife Savant said...

We eat cows because other food runs faster.

Shauna said...

Thanks for the much needed smile :)

CaJoh said...

Mmm Steak. I don't know what triggers it, but sometimes they just decide that they want to be vegetarian.

Mina said...

We have used the "Heavenly Father gave us animals to love and to enjoy the beauty of and to work and for friendship and in some cases, for food" answer with #3 who on one hand is an animal nut and on the other is a meat and potatoes kind of gal.

Or as Larry says, "Because they're made of meat."

So said...

That reminds me of City Slickers when they finally bring the cattle in and find out they are going to slaughter. I just watched that the other night on tv.

We also eat cows so they don't over populate. They are here for our use. For milk and for meat.

Erin said...

My mom said her dad pulled a literal Charlotte's Web on her, except the pig she named became dinner one night. She has had a hard time eating meat ever since.

ramsam said...

Ahhh, I can relate- I kind of went off meat when I was like, pre teen, because I just hated the thoguht of what it was. It grossed me out. I still don't like steaks or anything thick and meaty like that.

Jillene said...

I am not really a red meat eater. I don't do steak or roast or ribs. I will only eat LEAN LEAN ground beef. And it's not because I feel bad--it just tastes nasty. Makes it kind of heard because I married a guy that grew up on a farm and who LOVES red meat!!

rachel said...

For book club we read the book Skinny
@#$%&. Have you heard of this book? Their purpose is to get their readers to become Vegan. It is an awful book and I was so upset that was the book club choice. I don't eat red meat, but after reading women who need a life tell me I shouldn't eat meat or milk or eggs,etc, I now heartily support red meat consumption. Oh, and the hubby considers it the MAIN food group too! :)

Kristina P. said...

What a tender guy! Hopefully your husband doesn't disown him. :)

Heatherlyn said...

I think I like Larry's answer, "because they are made of meat." My kids have accepted the fate of many cows with much grace. Poor cows.

Lara said...

Wow...that doesn't even phase my girls. They ask what we're eating, ask about the animals, and then go right ahead and eat.

What a tender guy.

The Wixom Zoo said...

Ian asked lots of questions when Frankie came to live with us. I guess I shouldn't have talked so much about being so proud that we butchered our own cow. I super love how Frankie tastes, though.

Sherilyn -The Dominee Huisvrouw said...

I know our 2 year old knows that he eats chicken, but I'm not sure he has made the association b/w that & an actual chicken yet.

He also knows that pork comes from a pig & beef comes from a cow, but he might think they come from them like milk comes from cows....

Bee and Rose said...

My daughter has asked me if the cow likes being turned into meat because she wouldn't like to be turned into meat..which led to the very gruesome question...why are cows meat and not people? I think she may have watched Sweeney Todd!

Tink said...

Ha! Unfortunately for the cow, beef is one of my fave meats to eat! That reminds me of the movie Babe when Babe finds out what happens to animals. Ewww. Chills. Now, where's my hamburger?

Melanie J said...

I remember when my oldest boy was little and he piped up with his tiny voice to say, "I like to eat baby lambs." I guess he gets lamb chops at his dad's house. What a special thing to hear your child say, let me tell youl