The other day, we were watching NCIS on a Netflix disk when I stopped the movie. Amidst the protests, I heard “Why did you stop the movie?” After all, they hadn’t seen any reasons that I normally stopped a show like inappropriately attired females, etc.
“I’m sorry,” I explained, “but I have to get vegetables.”
All the noise and chatter ended. “What?”
Me: I saw a character eating a carrot and now I’m coveting.
Me: Agent Lee was eating a carrot in the background.
Them: You’ve got to be kidding. We didn’t even see her.
Honestly, this is from kids who eat every fifteen minutes, when possible. You’d think they’d be the least bit understanding. But I don’t think it was the fact that I wanted to get something to eat as much as the fact that I’d stop the show to get something as “lame” as carrots. They’d understand ice cream, cookies, hamburger, or potato chips. (Okay, I could get a serious craving for salt and vinegar potato chips, but I wouldn’t indulge it because I’d eat the whole bag.)
But carrots... They’re a healthy indulgence—vitamin A, beta carotene, fiber, etc. Besides I’ve always had a thing for carrots. When I was little my mom took me to the pediatrician because my skin had taken on an orange cast, it turns out that I was eating way too many carrots.
While the kids waited, I went to the kitchen. But our carrots were a bit limp. So I settled for cucumbers and lettuce. The kids rolled their eyes. Then we got back to Gibbs and Abby and Ducky. They solved the murder. Agent Lee didn’t help. I guess she’s there just to increase carrot sales.