Having been just the teeniest bit hungover yesterday I was elated to rediscover the Red Lobster gift card I'd been given back in December. Whew, what a lifesaver I thought. Now, I won't have to prepare dinner. Nothing could have made me happier. So I phoned in my order and headed to the restaraunt directly from work.
When I arrived, my order wasn't quite ready so I was told to have a seat in the bar(and no I did not drink ,thank you) and that they'd bring my food to me when it was ready.
The lone person in the bar, I was at a loss as to what to do while I waited. I'd left my cell phone in the car, so I couldn't call my sis for a little time-wasting converstation. What to do ? I looked around the restaurant hopeful I'd find something (or someone) worth watching.
Then I spotted it. The live lobster in the tank in the lobby of the restaurant. While not a regular patron of Red Lobster, I've certainly been before in my life and known that they have a live lobster tank in the front but somehow never thought much about it.
As I watched the lobster sit stationary in the big tank a woman appeared. She sat next to the tank and began to try and engage the lobster in play. Really, I swear. As she put her fingers near the glass the lobster follwed them. It was actually kind of cute. In a crazy, I go-to-restaraunts-and-play-with-lobsters kind of way.
But that led me to thinking.
Playing with the lobster is probably what a child would do. My children have always been fascinated by fish tanks and wanted to tap on the glass and play with the fish.
Having that lobster on display makes him seem as if he's a pet. Which in light of the fact that they serve lobster for patrons to eat... well that's just a wee bit creepy.
"Here kids, play with this cute little lobster and here are some coloring books and crayons and animated lobsters for you to have fun with and oh what's that...lemme just set this deceased lobster in front of you to eat"
Obviously, I understand that by patronizing the restaurant I'm consciously making the decision to support eating lobster, or shrimp or whatever seafood I choose and I'm fine with that.
But my kids ??? I imagine the whole experience just might freak them right the hell out.
Yeah... uh note to self: DO NOT bring kids to Red Lobster and maybe re-think vegetarianism.
And with that, I take my leave of you.
May you have the happiest of weekends!