Pristine had her 9th birthday last month. She invited 15 kids and all said “yes!”. However, only two showed up. You know that situation where you had to ask permission to take off from work just to cook something and make the house “look like it’s been cleaned” while managing to take a bath and put on decent clothes before the guests arrive and you realize that…there are no guests.
Two of her friends from school came and she was so happy. Then she told me, “Mom, can I invite the two girls living in the same building?” I said, yes, of course!
When the girls gathered around the table and started munching on treats, one girl just sat there as if frozen. She didn’t touch anything. I asked, “Don’t you want to eat anything?”
“No, I’m vegetarian.”
I looked around our table and saw that there was nothing the girl could eat, even the cake which has eggs!
I asked her if she would like to have some fruits but she said no. We felt bad that she’s in a birthday party yet not having anything so my husband ran to the nearest vegetarian restaurant and ordered something special “to go”. The girl still refused it so we went to deliver the vegetarian food to her mom. It seems that she wasn’t sure if what we’re offering is 100% pure vegetarian so she hesitated.
If anything, I am amazed by the discipline – what else can you call that self-restrain? She’s little, only 5 years old and her parents weren’t there. She didn’t touch anything because she’s not sure if she’s allowed to eat it or not!
It’s our first time having this kind of experience here in Dubai and this reminded us how diverse this place can be – this could never happen in Japan!