Guideline #1.  FAIL.  The damage was already done, so I ate baby chicken’s moma.  I didn’t have the will nor energy to take a principled stand against the free meal I was graciously given, especially in the presence of the guest of honor, whose family owns a butcher shop.  I could have abstained, true, but that might have drawn undue attention.  Worse – it would have been a waste of a life taken after it had already died for that moment.  I have two more of these dinners to get through.  I could ask for a vegetarian option, but that seems like an imposition.  Would it be?

I made it through Guidelines 2-5 without incident, though I must admit, I’d really REALLY like a drink right now.  Tomorrow will be a better day?