I love you! I'm not even sure where to begin. When we first met, I was just a kid. You were in a jar and Mom put you on my plate. You often sat next to the roast beef, mashed potatoes and gravy which I swirled all together because
tasted so good. Your bright purple color intrigued me and well, one thing led to another and soon, you were headed down my digestive tract.
Throughout my childhood, you were always there, beets. But then I entered adolescence and I'm sorry to say, we went our different ways. I found boys and fast food and I didn't have time for the healthy things in life. Please forgive me.
The crazy college days had me experimenting with a lot of different stuff. It's there that I tried brussels sprouts and acorn squash. When I went away my junior year in college to France, I must admit, beets, you were far from my mind. I brazenly tried avocados and clams (but never together) and many other things, I'm too ashamed to mention.
It's been a long time but beets, I never forgot you. All these years, I was impetuously always looking for something to satisfy me...like chocolate, family and friends. Where was my head, oh you beloved biennial Eurasian plant with a swollen edible root?
And then I read Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver and decided it was time to try and eat fresh, locally grown foods as often as possible. I went to the Farmer's Market and I walked by you. You were just sitting there next to the nice lady who was working the booth, with her pack of cigarettes mere inches from your beautiful leaves. And one look is all it took and again, I was smitten. My fondness for you begin to rekindle and I was like a schoolgirl as I purchased my first bunch of baby beets.
Now I'm a wife and a mom! Can you believe it! How time has passed! And I am more mature and stable, you'll be happy to know. Even so, I do get a little wild, sometimes and have tossed you raw into my salads and recently began roasting you. You're just as tangy and packed with nutrients as ever! Your vivid colors still make me smile! ;) ;) :)
And what is this that I've been reading about you? The New York Times is calling you the "new spinach???" All I can say is "Congratulations, my friend! You
deserve it!" I wish the whole world understood what you are and how much of a difference you can make in a person's life! Perhaps one of my missions in life is to tell the world about you! (jazz hands!)
From now on, beets, I'm not going anywhere. You are in my life to stay. No more straying and acting like you aren't important. You are, beets! You are!
So here I am, spilling the beans, letting the whole stinkin' world know this - I LOVE BEETS!
PS. This letter was creepily wayyyyyyy too easy to write...