Become a Vegetarian ... What are the odds?


Lillian Gish, on her deathbed in La Boheme.I'm not sure how we got on the topic of death, but my husband and I were talking this weekend and he asked me or shall I say promised me to become vegetarian if he dies before me. I thought this was an odd request and I'm still not sure if he was kidding or not, but I agreed either way. He's four years older than me, so what's the most I'll have to do it for - a few years when I'm 80-something? I mean will I even be able to rip into a piece of steak by then? I'm sure I'll be eating a daily diet of mushy peas and creamed corn and won't be thinking twice about the days of ribs and chicken wings.

But, then a thought popped into my head, what if he dies tomorrow? Or next year? Or five years from now. I mean I know that is morbid and a weird thing to think about but what if he does - will I really be able to be a vegetarian for the rest of my life? I thought about it and what if I promised and then didn't - would he come back to haunt me? Would I be punished in the afterlife?

I guess the least I could do is to grant him his pre-dying wish of becoming a vegetarian for him. So, yea I'll do it.

But really, what are the odds that a meat eater like me will out live a vegetarian who has never had meat in his life? Come on, really? Most research shows vegetarians outlive non-vegetarians by 10 years. I mean I have a 50 percent greater chance of developing heart disease or cancer than him.

So, the real question here is - what do I make as my pre-dying wish for him?