Flexitarian: noun \ fleks-uh-TER-ri-yan\ 1. A vegetarian who occasionally eats meat. 2. A person who might describe his self or her self as a vegetarian but eats meat occasionally and does not subscribe to vegetarian ideology.
I spring it on my family as they walk through the door from soccer practice.
“We’re what?” Little Peta, that’s what I call my daughter says, “I’m hungry.”
“We’re flexitarians.” I say it again.
“Is that some new program Obama thought up?”
“We’re Americans Mom, ever since Columbus in 1492, everybody knows that.” Little Peta offers while peeling off her soccer gear.
My son looks at me as if he wishes I’d turn into a steak. He doesn’t even bother to answer; he just shakes his head and heads towards the shower.
My husband rolls his eyes. He hates for me to spring anything new on him in front of the kids, he prefers we always present a united front.
“Just tell us what you’re talking about Serena, What? Are we going to start doing yoga now?” My husband looks as if I better stop playing and start explaining.
“It means that we are mostly vegetarian, but occasionally we eat meat, and that we’re not into all that marching for animal rights stuff.”
“I like animals and I’m not going to eat them. I’m a vegetarian!” Little Peta is emphatic.
“Flexitarian huh? Did you just make that up today?” Dear Hubby finally sits down. “As long as I don’t have to do yoga. And what’s wrong with the animal rights stuff? ”