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"Just be who you are, calm and clear and bright." - Richard Bach, Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah

How I Turned a Catcall Into a Teaching Moment

(That title isn’t as accurate as it could be, but I bet it got your attention!)

Recently I was in the market for a new futon, and the Boston Bed Factory got pretty good Yelp reviews. Unfortunately, there is a kill-’em-in-the-back butcher shop located right next door.


fresh killed

Horrible, horrible, HORRIBLLLLLLE. (I grabbed the photo from this website.)


On my way out of the futon store, I saw a man wheeling a dolly out the front door of the butcher’s. There were no dead or doomed chickens in sight, but it was obvious the man was an employee. And dude was checking me out.

“Hey girl. How you doin’?”

I very deliberately looked away and kept walking.

“Hey, why you gotta be like that?” he called after me.

Still walking, I looked over my shoulder and pointed to the butcher’s facade. “Because you work there,” I replied. “I’m vegan.”

He didn’t have an actual comeback for that—just something to the effect of “Aww, man!”—and maybe it’s totally naive of me to think I planted a seed, but you never know, do you? I do know that I felt a whole lot better about that interaction than if I’d just ignored him and kept on walking.


4 Comments to How I Turned a Catcall Into a Teaching Moment

  1. Susan Grant's Gravatar Susan Grant
    July 23, 2015 at 7:44 am | Permalink

    I loved this story and I could just envision the encounter in my mind! xoxo

  2. Kate's Gravatar Kate
    July 24, 2015 at 7:37 pm | Permalink


    I’m sorry to say, but I think you’re dreaming.

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Hi! I'm Camille. I only write stories that could never ever happen in real life, though I do believe in real-life magic. If we were in the same room I'd fix you a cup of tea, but for now we'll have to settle for a virtual connection. I'm really glad you're here.