“There’s No Need to Argue, Parent’s Just Don’t Understand!”

As the main cook in our family, I prefer to do our grocery shopping. I’ve found that grocery shopping is an interesting experience. Any time you have people in a centralized location, you’re bound to encounter some fascinating individuals.

The last time I went to our local grocery store, I visited the fish monger. While surveying the bountiful supply of “fresh” (which, in Indiana I believe means “previously frozen”) seafood, I encountered a rather bizarre individual.

This individual was a young mother, escorting her child to the display of seafood. What made this mother interesting was the one-way conversation that she started with her child. It went something like this,

“This is seafood. That’s a fish. That’s a shrimp. That’s a mussel. That’s a crab. And, it’s all disgusting. It’s all gross. You will never, never, never eat it.”

So, I began to wonder what inspired this strange educational experience. Could it be that this young woman was a hardcore vegetarian? Could it be that she had some religious objections to certain types of seafood and simply decided to reject them all? Did she have a bad experience with seafood in the past and it has scarred her for life?  What could create such a sense of hatred towards salmon, tilapia, scallops, and the like? I just couldn’t wrap my head around her position.

So, I did the whole “peer into the other shoppers cart” thing (this is something that I don’t normally practice, but learned from observing church folks peer into my cart when I happen to bump into them while shopping…the whole “I wonder what the youth pastor is eating and drinking” thing”).

Doing so totally wiped out the vegetarian angle. The cart was full of processed foods…chicken nuggets, pot pies, Jack’s pizza’s, frozen meatball’s, canned lasagna and ravioli, chips, soda (Mt. Dew), Pop Tarts, and so on.

The whole “peer into the cart thing” did reveal something to me. I believe that her opposition to seafood centered around the health factor. A serving of seafood is healthier than a serving of chicken nuggets dipped in honey mustard…therefore it is evil. Fish would require actual cooking (heating something up or re-heating something does not count as cooking) and therefore it is a hassle…which means it’s evil.

Of course, when she peered into my cart and saw fresh fruits, vegetables, fish, pork, and beef she probably thought I was bizarre. As much as I do not understand this woman’s opposition to seafood, I’m sure she doesn’t understand my pro-fish agenda.

2 thoughts on ““There’s No Need to Argue, Parent’s Just Don’t Understand!”

  1. You are way too funny. I always see over-heard comments as an opportunity to learn something, so given the same situation, I would have smile and asked, “Why is it that you feel fish are bad?” Followed by… “Did you know that Jesus made disciples out of fishermen?” and tell her the story about becoming fishers of men. In a sense being a fisher of men.

    We have become so busy and fearful of others that we don’t converse in the grocery anymore. There is a member of Christ church that carries his bible into Wal-mart. Seen him there a few times with it. At first thought it was weird and then I thought, “WOW!”

    This lady may have lost her father to a fishing boat accident and needed to tell her story. Or maybe she got a divorce because her husband used fishing as his alibi to have an affair? We never know what others are going through…unless we ask.

    Thanks for the early morning laugh Pastor Jason. =)


  2. Jonnie…what an awesome comment! Ha! Now I know how to respond next time…to be honest, I was just so puzzled, I didn’t know what to say! But, those are some good reasons you proposed for not liking fish!

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