today before a faculty meeting, my husband brought me a peppermint ritter sport (insert drooly emoticon here). one of my colleagues said, "is that a ritter sport?" and i said yes, but then continued (of course) to elaborate on the virtues of the very-hard-to-find and very delicious peppermint ritter sport. this led to the explanation of how, when i went vegan, i made peace with the fact that i would never again eat a peppermint ritter sport, only to eventually learn that they’re vegan, and so on and so forth.
anyway, that in turn led to a second colleague asking me how long i’ve been vegan, and some follow-up questions… while a third colleague read the ingredients on my ritter sport and asked how i felt about the "may contain traces" disclaimer so often found on food labels. this happened with probably about ten or so people in the room, and i’d guess we talked about it for maybe five minutes.
it didn’t occur to me until two minutes ago that it was such a pleasant conversation–almost like a NonEvent. i have a few colleagues who like to make "meat jokes" sometimes, almost like they can’t help themselves, but none of that happened today. it was almost as if someone had asked me what textbook i was using, and how long i’d been using it, and what i thought about it–just a Totally Normal Conversation with no drama and no feeling like the weirdo outsider.
i wasn’t self-aware enough at the time to be happy about it, but now i am. yay colleagues!