Dr. Ray Augenstein
Did you see the movie Bambi? It seems that all the little children have at one time or another seen the movie. Now if you’re an avid hunter and like to stock the family larder with fresh venison each November, you may have run into a bit of trouble with your little ones when you bring your prize unless you have forbid them to watch Bambi, or have taken you deer to be processed before bringing it home to the freezer, you are going to be met with anger, tears, and cries of “You killed Bambi”. Or as my daughter would do, you’d be met with the silent treatment for days, and they would refuse to eat any meat for fear of being forced to eat their favorite Woodland creature.
You can’t even explain where the chicken or hamburger comes from because they would become instant vegetarians. You can see the wrinkled up noses at Thanksgiving, when viewing the turkey laying upon a platter ready to be cut. Don’t dare tell them it used to be a farmyard creature, walking around with feathers and gobbling.
It’s a miracle that the human rights activists haven’t put a stop to all the hunting and butchering of food animals. I have even heard one person say that a sheep was a person too. How ridiculous can it get? They would rather have us grazing alongside the cows and goats, eating nothing but green grass and vegetables.
I don’t know about you but I can only take so much broccoli and asparagus, I like them but in small amounts. I have been around people who are vegetarians, and they look sick, skinny, emaciated, and irritable. If eating vegetables is going to make them grumpy, I say let them eat meat.
Now that Thanksgiving is drawing closer, I was just thinking of what a vegetarian’s Thanksgiving might be like. I can almost hear someone saying, “Please pass the brussels sprouts”, or “I’ll have a Tofu thigh”. You wouldn’t know what to eat, because it would all taste the same, like cardboard. You can salt it, put all kinds of spices on it, wrap it in grape leaves, leave it outdoors overnight, and it will all taste the same to me.
I won’t deny anyone the type of diet they pursue at Thanksgiving, but please let me have my Thanksgiving my way. Don’t put me down or belittle me because I like to eat venison, or rabbit, or squirrel. When I was younger my father would bring all types of game for the family to eat. If he hadn’t we would have gone hungry. We even had raccoon, muskrat and porcupine at some time.
Now my Thanksgiving will be the traditional one, so eat your heart out, all you animal rights people, all you vegetarians. I‘m going to enjoy my turkey, roasted to perfection. I’m going have ham, juicy and falling apart. I will enjoy loads of mashed potatoes, mounds sweet potatoes, along with pumpkin pie, and all the trimmings that go along with them I will not think of Bambi, Babe the pig, or Tom turkey strutting around in the barnyard. Then I will think about the couch where I may recline afterwards while watching the football game.
Dr. Raymond Augenstein PhD. was born in Michigan. He served in the US.Navy as a yeoman attached to the CID. He attended Bible college in California after military service, became a Pastor, Evangelist and Gospel recording artist. He continued studies to become a licensed counselor and earned a Doctorate Degree from The University of Michigan, after retiring from 42 years in the ministry. He is the former Supervisor of Hayes Township.