“Are you watching VeggieTales?” asked my wife, sounding surprised as cartoon vegetables sang in our living room.
“I’m watching the trailer,” I said. “It’s coming back.”
“Did it ever leave?” she replied.
For those wondering — including parents such as my wife and me whose now-grown children were raised on Bob the Tomato, Larry the Cucumber and friends — actually it did leave.
Bob (the journalist, not the tomato) has the intriguing, behind-the-scenes story for Religion News Service.
Before I get much deeper into this post, I should point out that I have a history with this story. Back in 2002, while serving as religion editor for The Oklahoman, I interviewed Mike Nawrocki, the squeaky voice of Larry the Cucumber and a co-creator of “VeggieTales" and Big Idea Productions.
I asked hard-hitting questions befitting a serious journalist, as I noted at the time:
For example, my first question: "Can you please sing me a Silly Song?"
"I'm taking requests," Nawrocki joked.
Wonderful! How about "The Water Buffalo Song," "The Hairbrush Song" and "I Love My Lips?"
I also pried into Nawrocki's eating habits. "I'm a big vegetable fan, as long as they're not talking," he told me.