I explained to her that we were providing vegetarian food as requested, and there were other people on the premises who were eating the regular menu food. “BUT OUR KIDS ARE ALL EATING THE MEAT!” She had an enormous problem, and we couldn’t solve it for her. She was the one who had to face the parents. I was already suspecting that this was normal for this group, except the kids got careless and were caught.
The fact that the text is partly in German excludes almost totally that the text was written in France or by French people. French was fashionable in intellectual circles throughout Europe, whereas the use of German was almost totally restricted to the German-speaking part of Europe (today’s Germany, parts of the Austrian empire and Switzerland).
It would take very long to prepare the wood, it’s also very labour-intensive, the resulting structure will (as the original) be heavy and a fire hazard. Other cathedrals have received lightweight steel roof structures without anyone complaining so this is probably the way to go, especially if it should be completed within the announced five years.
The possibility that the fire was the result of arson cannot be dismissed. Barely an hour after the flames began to rise above Notre Dame — at a time when no explanation could be provided by anyone — the French authorities rushed to say that the fire was an “accident” and that “arson has been ruled out.” The remarks sounded like all the official statements made by the French government after attacks in France during the last decade.
In 1905, the French parliament passed a law decreeing that all the properties of the Catholic Church in France were confiscated. Churches and cathedrals became the property of the State. Since then, successive governments have spent little money to maintain them. Those churches that have not been vandalized are in poor condition, and most cathedrals are in poor condition, too. Even before the devastating fire, the Archdiocese of Paris stated that “it can’t afford all the repairs” that Notre Dame needed, “estimated at $185 million.”
At another time in my life I was working at a small, rural convenience store. There was a family who was strictly vegan who shopped there. They were the first vegans I had ever met and I had several conversations with the mom to learn about it. However, there were also times when the dad came with the kids. Just the three of them. He would buy them cookies that had eggs in the ingredients and other fairly minor non-vegan items. We aren’t talking about bacon or anything. He would encourage them to not tell Mom, and he asked us to forget that we saw this.