My boy and I went to GAMA’s Four Leaf cafe today because I wanted to do some grocery shopping. I haven’t been to the cafe for like decades already.
It seems to be doing well. But the place was rather packed and very small. So, each table is like side-by-side, elbow knocking on each other.
So, I ordered an egg croissant while my boy insisted to order the set lunch of fried rice with an egg and two pieces chicken. I know he cannot finish it.
Then, our meals came. My tiny croissant was really small. My boy wanted a bite and he almost ate half of it.
Then, his fried rice arrived. I took some egg and half the rice. There are two huge pieces of fried chicken and my boy could only eat one.
So, the dilemma came. He had bitten a mouthful of the other piece. I cannot tapau because my other sons won’t eat half-eaten piece. It is so wrong to leave it uneaten.
I thought the kid won’t notice if I quietly eat it. But no……He said so loud, “Ma, chicken vegetarian meh?”
I told him, “Yes, this chicken vegetarian because it eats only wheat and other plants for foods.”
He got my joke, “CHICKEN VEGETARIAN?????” and laughed really loud.
As I said, the tables are all very close together.
Before he pecah my rahsia even futher, I quickly reminded him, “Eh, you remember that video of the children in Philippines who have to eat leftover foods?
So, if I throw this piece of chicken away, it will be worse than I eat it, you know? Tell me lah, which is a bigger wrong? Throw good foods away or eat it? *In whisper mode* Jesus never say I cannot eat chicken wor. He said whatever goes in my mouth is not important, what comes out, i.e. my words, my thoughts are more important. So, you say leh, eat better or throw better?”
Therefore, you see? I have to sacrifice mah. I must show good example for my boy. I cannot be the hypocrite who wasted food for the sake of trying to do good.
Haih…I am beyond help. I can menghalalkan everything with my reasons.
But seriously, what you would do in the instance? Stick with my ‘I want to do vegetarian fasting’ or “I shouldn’t waste perfectly good foods.”