Happy Veggie Kids: Nina! »
This is four-year-old Nina from Saxapahaw, NC with her pet hen Hedda! She is a super adorbs vegetarian. But she is not your average vegetarian as she only occasionally eats eggs from her adopted pet hens. Funny notes about the eggs from her mom: “She often cracks the eggs in the coop and feeds them right back to the girls. She also will school anyone who makes the mistake of offering her eggs from any other source; I think she gets a lot of enjoyment out of watching adults squirm when she explains fertilization and animal abuse to them in her squeaky four-year old voice.” I’d like to see that!
Another funny note from her mom (her mom is funny! She writes a blog! And has a recipe blog! Nina seems like quite a card too): “Nina calls herself “veggan” (her father and I thought she meant a Vegan, as in from the planet Vega in that movie Contact, but we were wrong). She’s very bossy and if she hears you call her a vegetarian she will kick you in the shins. Nina was 100% vegan from birth until she was three and a half years old, when our rescued flock started laying eggs. Aside from an occasional egg from our hens, Nina is vegan in every other aspect of her diet and lifestyle.” Additionally, she’s hilarious and adorbs.
What is your favorite food?
Nina: Pineapple! [Ed. note: OMG I love pineapple too! Sometimes I eat so much that it cuts up my tongue! Totes worth it.]
What is your favorite kind of birthday cake?
Nina: Strawberries, blueberries and vegan M&Ms. [Ed. note: Jealous]
Why are you vegetarian?
Nina: Because I do not like to kill animals, because that is not very nice! [Ed. note: She’s right, not very nice]
Do you like being vegetarian? Why?
Nina: YEAH! Because I do not like to kill things.
Is it ever hard to be vegetarian?
What do your friends think about you being vegetarian?
Nina: It is great and awesome!
What is your favorite animal? Why?
Nina: The myosaurus and the reindeer, because they are friendly. [Ed. note: Even wikipedia has barely heard of the myosaurus!]
Do you like pink dinosaurs? Can you draw one for us? We would love it!
Nina:No, because I just like yellow myosauruses. They are my favorite. But I will draw you a pink dinosaur anyway.
[Mom note: I thought it was a vampire/zombie stick figure of me, but she insists that it is a pink tyrannosaurus rex. In fact, it’s a pink mama t-rex, with her baby t-rex perched on her shoulder (of course, duh!). The mama t-rex needs to find some meat for her baby and it trying to get past the purple wall that the plant-eating myosauruses put up to keep predators away (I guess she gets the whole “circle of life” thing).
What cracks me up is that despite the fact that she is against meat and dairy (she even heckled people in line at the deli in our co-op last weekend, much to my surprise and embarrassment) she is fascinated with predators. My crazy kid!]
As per usual, if you have a vegan or vegetarian kid who wants to do the interview, email me! It’s fun!