My day care provider informed me today that my one year old is a fan of “little hotdogs.” I asked her if she meant the Gerber Graduates, which has little hot dogs in a jar, but she told me no, and said she would go in the house to show me what she was talking about so I could try it at home.
She brought back Vienna Sausages.
I put Vienna Sausages in the same category as Spam, and for good cause: Wikipedia says they are closely related to “potted meat food product” which I bet is also related to Spam (I checked: it is! and the picture almost makes me want to vomit.) And as a vegetarian/sometimes vegan I feel a certain kind of way about my baby eating food product instead of actual food.
I’ve always known that she feeds them meat and that’s been okay because I don’t trust my ability to be able to feed them well as vegetarians, and they don’t eat meat at home, so I figure less meat is better than lots of meat, etc., etc. But when I saw that case of cans and cans of sausage…it seemed like a line was crossed. A line that I feel like I don’t have the right to address because I never established that there was a line and how much harm could a couple of Vienna Sausages do over the course of a year, right?