We all make mistakes. As vegans, we want to strive for perfection. There is no such thing. We read food labels. We educate ourselves! We try our best to be the definition of veganism.
Veganism is a way of living which seeks to exclude, as far as is possible and practicable, all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose.
There are many ways to embrace vegan living. Yet one thing all vegans have in common is a plant-based diet avoiding all animal foods such as meat (including fish, shellfish and insects), dairy, eggs and honey – as well as products like leather and any tested on animals!
Captain UK and I strive to do our best to have compassion for all living creatures. We strive to do the least amount of harm to all life. Have we bought that bag of salt and vinegar chips and chowed down half of them before realizing there was milk in them? Fuck yes, we sadly have. Once, we went on a mini holiday to the Lake Erie Islands to enjoy the views, food, entertainment and drinks.
We had been drinking in the sunshine all day and stopped at a restaurant offering food including vegetarian options. We talked to the young waitress and explained that we were vegan. We ended up ordering their black bean and feta wraps, minus the feta. As the sunshine blazed, and the drinks flowed, our plates arrived looking delicious loaded with the wraps, veggies, and thick cut French fries.
We loaded the fries up with salt, pepper, and malt vinegar. We dipped our wraps in a beautiful hot sauce and began to chow down. Hubby was way ahead of me and had most of his wrap and a 1/3 of his fries eaten when I was into my third bite of my black bean wrap. What the hell was that taste? Bacon? I hadn’t eaten bacon for about a year. I stopped eating, said that something wasn’t right to the Captain and opened the wrap. As I looked at the wraps content, I realized that somehow, someway, we had been served (or at least I) the blackened perch and bacon wrap which had also been on special. Awkwardly, the Captain opened up his remaining few bites of wrap and discovered that he too had been served the fish dish. UGH! We called our server back over and explained the mistake. In her naivety, she said, “I wondered why the chef was feeding you fish since you said you were vegans?!” She, like other non-vegans sometimes have no clue what the term means and try their best to accommodate. We usually try to explain in detail. Maybe this time we failed. She brought us fresh (vegan) wraps, apologized profusely, and I called my husband “Killer” all day.
You dust yourself off and start again, learning and making yourself better for the next adventure. Shit happens. We all make mistakes.
You just have to learn and move forward. Welcome to the world of veganism. The animals will love us for our compassion and effort.