Monday, April 23, 2007
A Month of Birthdays and One Veganniversary
Last weekend was Booboo's birthday. She turned 5 and we had the requisite birthday picture trauma. Every year, I subject the poor girl to ribbon wearing and candle blowing. Actually, it's gotten better. For her first birthday, there were balloons & party hats- which she refused to wear and last year, she almost singed an eyebrow whisker coming too close to the candle. Hey, I'm not that bad- at least there aren't any scary clowns involved. Well this year, she wouldn't even pose for a picture til way after the candle was blown out and the residual smoke cleared. The point is that I like to make a big deal out of her birthday because I love her so much! And yes, I concede that she could care less what day it is except that she gets a sardine and lots of extra treats...
I too have a birthday coming up, next weekend to be exact. Not sure if it's this impending birthday that has put me in a funk and has given me blogger's block, or just a general feeling of malaise. I am way overdue for a juice fast- if I get around to it that will be the thing to set me straight. By the way, my one year Veganniversary was at the beginning of the month- April 1st.
It was a year ago that I did my first juice fast for four days and went from vegetarian to vegan and I have never looked back.
As I become more and more educated about the inhumane ways which animals are treated in this country, I become more and more resolute in my choice to live a vegan lifestyle. It's important to educate others around us because how can anyone not make a change towards veganism in the face of all that cruelty. I have never had a companion animal before Booboo. She has opened my eyes to all animals as sentient beings. In every animal, I see Booboo and in her, I see all animals. There is no difference. She has brought pure love, joy and compassion into my life and I am thankful.