I am taking a creative nonfiction writing class. Because of how much this genre encompasses, we end up reading a lot of different things. We’ve been reading food articles, lately, and today I read this article. To those who don’t wish to read, the gist is this: In olden times, sailors lost at sea would draw straws, and the loser was killed and eaten. So, if you became lost at sea for some reason, would you kill and eat your spouse/significant other to survive?
Immediately, several scenes from the movie Ravenous came to mind. Of course, being the odd little ball of human that I am, I had to ask my husband, Lum, about it. What followed was a discussion where both of us evaluated our willingness to eat each other.
Both Lum and I agree that we would probably not be able to kill each other. I suppose I could do it, but it would be an absolutely last resort kind of thing. We also doubt that we would be able to let someone else kill one of us to be eaten. We agree that we would be more likely to gang up on the other person and eat them, instead.
Eating each other after we’ve died, however, is a different story. Both Lum and I are very pragmatic people and survival is the goal. While I personally do not relish the idea of chowing down on my husband’s corpse, but if he were to die before me and that was the only means of survival I had, pass me a fork.
Lum agreed with me, saying that he likely wouldn’t be able to kill to eat me. He really, really doesn’t like the idea of snacking on me, either. In this half of the scenario, I don’t really care either way since I’m already dead. I would, however, prefer him to live. Plus, I want to be cremated, mixed with glitter, and shot out of a cannon into the ocean, and somebody has to make sure my body gets home so that can happen, dammit.
Me: I’m glad we’re on the same page. I love you, Meatloaf! ❤
Him: … … …
To those just joining us, this is not the weirdest conversation we have ever had. Not by a long shot. I find this rather funny.
What’s even more hilarious to me is that Lum has been researching cruise prices for the both of us. I think I’ll wait until we’re closer to that date, then bring this up again.