‘I let my nephew eat meat while his vegan mum was away – now she’s furious’11/15/2023
A 36-year-old uncle has sparked outrage after being accused of trying to “undermine” his sister and how she chooses to raise her son.
The uncle took to Reddit to explain the family feud and asked fellow social media users to pass judgement on the sticky situation.
Outlining the background of the ordeal, the man, who said he lives on the other side of the country to his sister, said: “My sister, Rachel (42F) and her husband, Frank (43M) decided to go on a couple’s retreat for their anniversary over the summer. Rachel is my only sibling and her son, Bennett (15M) is my only nephew.
“Because we live on opposite sides the country, I only get to see them in person once every couple of years.”
The man said that because he’d recently moved to the coast, it may be nice for Bennett to visit him.
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He said: “Since I (36M) had recently moved to a beach town, Rachel and Frank suggested that Bennett could come for a visit. I was excited by the idea and told Rachel to send me an email with everything I needed to know.
“The email contained the name and contact number of the couple’s retreat and flight information, as well as recipes for several vegan dishes.
“Rachel and Frank are very into veganism and new age spirituality. Not my cup of tea, but no judgment. Though I usually eat a high protein diet, I resigned myself to cooking vegan meals for the week that Bennett stayed with me.
“His flight landed late in the evening, after which we watched a movie and ate some popcorn before going to bed.”
The uncle then detailed the lead-up to the incident that caused so much offence.
He explained: “The next day, I took Bennett to the grocery store to get some snacks and give me more ideas for things to make. He asked what I would normally cook for guests. I told him I enjoyed grilling and would usually make burgers, pork chops, steak, and seafood. Bennett said all of that sounded ‘great’ and told me ‘not to go to any trouble on [his] account’.”
The uncle questioned his nephew, thinking he was a committed vegan, however the boy revealed the diet wasn’t his choice: “I was surprised and told him I thought he was vegan. He said his parents were vegan and that he eats whatever they put in front of him.
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“However, Bennett claimed he didn’t ‘care about any of that stuff’ and would be happy to ‘eat what [I] eat.’ Rachel’s email never said Bennett had to eat vegan food, so I loaded up the shopping cart with various meats to grill. Bennett also threw in a couple tubs of ice cream.”
Finishing up his post on the social media platform, the 36-year-old revealed how he ended up in hot water: “I had a great time with Bennett and was sad to see him go. Rachel told me later that the visit was the highlight of his summer.
“Everything seemed well until a few days ago, when I posted some pictures from Bennett’s visit on my Facebook page – one of which showed Bennett tearing into a pile of steamed shrimp. Rachel called a few hours later and angrily accused me of trying to ‘undermine [their] values.’ I told her she never said that Bennett had to keep a vegan diet and said she needed to discuss this with him.
“She said I should have known better and asked if I would serve pork to a kid from a Jewish or Muslim family. I told her that veganism isn’t a religion and she should have made her expectations clear.”
He asked Reddit users to tell him if he was at fault.
Social media users were clear in their support for the uncle: “I’m vegetarian (and now-ex who ate meat didn’t eat pork) and we specifically asked friends/family to not serve meat–esp pork, to the kids. However, at a certain age (around pre teen), I assumed the kids were capable of making their own choices. Which they are.
“You offered alternatives that were in accordance with his parents wishes, but your nephew is certainly old enough to decide what to put in his mouth. If his parents have an issue with that–it’s their issue.”
Another said: “Even if veganism was a religion, if the person wanted to eat a restricted food then that is their choice. The kid is probably going to eat plenty of meat when he turns 18. NTA because I think 15 is old enough to choose.”
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