Like many of our friends, my husband and I have been doing a lot more recently to be kinder to the planet. Since having a baby last year, this has become even more of a priority. I’ve always been a fierce recycler and I have been doing all I can to cut our plastic use. We’ve also temporarily gone vegan-ish, or flexitarian – something that doesn’t involve scoffing a shedload of bacon, anyway. The fridge is now mostly stocked with low-alcohol beer.
2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围appThe thing is, our mounting eco-anxiety might just be sucking the fun out of our marriage. A plant-based sausage and mash with a glass of water just doesn’t light the mood on a Friday night like a steak and a bottle of red. Are we saving the world to the detriment of our relationship?
‘Gaia’, via email
I fear you are confusing virtue with penance. You’re also turning your back on humanity’s relationship with the grape, which stretches back to around 9,000 years ago, when some bright spark in China worked out the process of fermentation.
The ritual of “wine o’clock” spread around the planet before you could say “corkscrew”. Jesus almost certainly enjoyed a chalice of plonk or three and even saw fit to use his miraculous powers to turn plain water into a lively little pinot gris. Or it may have been syrah; the Bible isn’t clear, although it does say it was a cracking vino. The point is, if wine was good enough for the Messiah, it’s good enough for you. And going back from the New to the Old Testament: d’you know what Noah did when he reached dry land? Planted a vineyard.
2020欧洲杯体育足彩外围appSo next Friday, open that rioja or merlot. And why not have steak? You say you’re not fully vegan, so you can let yourself go once in a while. Honestly, Maia, we’re not put here to be miserable. No one’s last words have ever been recorded as: “I wish I’d denied myself more little treats.”
Eat, drink and be merry – and you know how that proverb ends. You may not know where it comes from though. Yup. The Bible. Go in peace.