At an appointment when Ted was about five years old, I slipped the pediatrician a note asking him to speak about the importance of eating fruits and vegetables. I needed an ally.
The doctor broached the topic conversationally. “Ted,” he said, “what is a fruit or vegetable that you really don’t like?”
Silence. I was intrigued. This should be an easy question for Ted, who did not like any fruits or vegetables. Why was he taking so long to answer? I had a horrifying thought: was it that Ted has so little exposure to fruits and veggies that he cannot even name one?
No, that was not the case. He was thinking about it because he was coming up with a really good answer. “Lemons.”
Dr. Walter, suppressing a chuckle: “Okay, Ted. Don’t eat ANY lemons.”
In the rest of the script, Dr. Walter got Ted to admit that there was a fruit or vegetable “that might be okay to eat.” Apples.
However, later, when served apples, Ted admitted that he was just being a good sport with the doctor. He had no intention of eating any.
Ted 1. Adults 0.