Built for Bittersweetness

Marla Rose
7 min readMay 13, 2022

On a recent Saturday, I met some friends for dinner for the first time in many months. We have known each other for a long time, nearly twenty years, going back to when we were new moms looking for vegan community for ourselves and our children. We raised our herbivorous kids together and shared our resources as we tried to navigate the early 2000s with children who had a decidedly different upbringing than their peers.