So your kid walks in on you having sex, a sight which will haunt him for the rest of his days, and it’s totally your fault. What do you do?
a.) Explain to him about the birds and the bees and what happens when mommies and daddies love each other very much,
b.) Apologize for the horrific experience and acknowledge that nothing can ever erase it from his mind and you have failed as a parent, or
c.) Make him some pasta for dinner and pretend like nothing ever happened, potentially giving him a lifelong tendency to self-medicate traumatic experiences with carbs?
“Duh, C,” say the parents in this Ragu commercial, because hey, childhood’s hard, and that kid has been through enough. He should at least have some good-tasting pasta sauce! The twangy country song in the background agrees.
Come to think of it, that’s not such a bad strategy. I make up for bad things I’ve done by cooking food for people all the time, and it always seems to work. (She said, as her roommates plotted to cut off all her hair in her sleep.)
The other ads in this series are not as sexy, but they all send the same message: a tasty pasta dinner will make up for any and all bad things that have happened to you over the course of your day/week/childhood. Because filling your gaping emotional holes with food is always a good idea!