Wednesday, December 23, 2009

A Meaty Christmas To All

There I was yesterday tooling along a farm-to-market road just west of Amarillo. Like a good Texan I was behind the wheel of my Ford pick-up with my family along for the ride. This is the conversation that ensued when my 9yo spied a dead cow laying in the bar ditch.

"Dad, did a car hit that cow."
"No," I answered. "I'm sure it died out in the field and the rancher just drug it outside the fence so the truck could pick it up."
"What truck? Why would a truck wanna pick up a dead cow?"
"They use dead cows for stuff like bone meal and dog food, " I answered.
"Gross," said my 9yo. "I didn't know they made dog food from dead cows."
"Hamburgers are dead cows too," I answered. They just kill the cows at the packing plant instead of picking them up from ranchers.

My 7 year old son who had remained quiet until now pipes up and says, "The TV commercials say dog food tastes like meat, but really dog food just tastes like cereal."

And yeah, he is my son, so he said this with noticeable disappointment in his voice.

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Doubt I'll get another post up before Christmas so let me say Merry Christmas to each and every one of you. May your holiday season and the upcoming year be blessed. And unless you happen to be one of those crazy vegetarians may you table be stocked with plenty of meat. After all I wouldn't want your kid to snack on the Alpo in hopes of finding meaty goodness.

30 comments:

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Christmas blessings to you and your family!

savannah said...

Great observations from y'alls boys, sugar! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! xoxo

Kristen Painter said...

Merry Christmas! I hope you get a nice steak in your stocking. ;o)

lyzzydee said...

Have a very happy christmas fellow lettuce hater!!!

Janna Qualman said...

Meaty Chri-- er, um, Merry Christmas to you, too! Be blessed, Travis.

Natasha Fondren said...

HAH! That's hilarious.

Merry Christmas, Travis and sons! :-)

grace said...

And a Merry Christmas to you, too, Travis!

Sarita said...

Hey, us vegetarians aren't crazy! We just know what we want and what we don't want. :)

Enjoy your hunks of dead animals! (Seriously, my mom refers to steak and whatnot as "hunks of dead animal." As her co-workers said, no wonder my brother and me went vegetarian.)

Being Beth said...

Merry Christmas!

ORION said...

Happy Holiday Travis!!!!!!

Phats said...

Hey Travis
Hope you and your family have a Merry Christmas!!! :)

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writtenwyrdd said...

Happy first Christmas in your new house, Travis.

WordVixen said...

Merry Christmas Travis and family!

Beth said...

Merry christmas to you and your family Travis, I hope you have a great time and that there is meat-a-plenty!

sybil law said...

Hahaha!
Merry Christmas!!!

Charles Gramlich said...

Ahh, roadkill conversations. Nothing like 'em among country folk!

Merry Christmas to you and yours!

Cloudia said...

Aloha, Friend!
Happy Holidays


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Skeeter said...

Merry Christmas, Travis! All the best to you and yours.

Skeeter

Hilary said...

Too cute. I miss those days when wee voices piped up like that. :) I wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas.

Lana Gramlich said...

Happy holidays, hon! My best to you & yours for 2010!
Happy belated bday, as well. :)

Corrie Howe said...

I love the conversation with your boys. And I think it is great that you are able to preserve it on the blog.

Merry Christmas to you and yours.

the walking man said...

Hope yoou have plenty of left overs to keep us in reasons to be vegetable free.

Jewel/Pink Ink said...

You, too, Travis, have a wonderful Christmas and new year!

It IS funny when kids say something about how such and such is better than dog food. I'm like, "And how would you know...?"

Paul D. Brazill said...

Merry Xmas Travis!My girlfriend and her mother are crazy vegetarians and so my Christmas was meat free. Boxing day however ...

Jan Mader said...

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family!

Deanna said...

Out of the mouth of babes. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

Monnik said...

Merry Christmas, Travis!

And I think your 7 year old is right - dogfood tastes like cereal. not that I would know or anything... (playing truth or dare as an adult drinking game is a bad idea...)

Terrie Farley Moran said...

Travis,

I hope you had a fabulous Christmas and that the New Year is exceptionally good to you and yours.

Terrie

Crystal said...

"my 9yo spied a dead cow laying in the bar ditch"

I about spewed my drink out when I read that. lol