Over the weekend, I had an epiphany about children’s eating habits. As most people who have been involved in feeding children at one time or another have discovered, most children do not like eating vegetables.
I know myself, when I was young, I wouldn’t eat much in the way of vegetables. Corn? – okay; Carrots? – occasionally. Green stuff? – forget it. No freaking way. Yes, it’s different today when often the first thing that I go for is a vegetable, but when I was a kid? – never.
And now I have figured out why that is. It has nothing to do with the vegetable itself. It’s all about the color green. As that famous philosopher K. T. Frog once said – “it’s not easy being green.” It is the greenness of the vegetables that children find so repugnant.
“Why is that?” you may ask. The explanation is quite simple, really. It is an innate understanding that when they become adults (and for some when they become a teenager) they will be forced to perform that onerous task known as mowing the lawn, or cutting grass. Green grass – hence the aversion to the color green.
How do I know this is true? It has begun for 2015. I had to perform that duty for the first time this year. And it sure as hell won’t be the last. So it is obvious – my instinctive aversion to “green” when I was a child was indeed a very accurate instinct.