Do the Best Things in Life Come with an Expiration Date?
As a pessimist, I would say that they do. But I am not so sure. As I prepared for tomorrow's feast, I noticed this small familiar object that I have mostly ignored over the years.
My wife and I have been married for 43 years. I don't remember when we acquired this can of cinnamon but I am pretty sure it was soon after we married, if not before. I looked at the can to see if there was a date on it. There wasn't. Obviously, we don't use a lot of cinnamon in our diet but we do use it in a pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving and Christmas and have put it on French toast on Sunday mornings at least a thousand times over the years.
It is hard to tell how much spice is left in that beaten can. Someday, maybe, I will try to sprinkle some cinnamon on my grandkids' toast and nothing will come out and I will have to buy a new can. That may happen but I think it is more likely that that same can of cinnamon will be in my kitchen cabinet when my kids are sorting through the detritus of possessions left behind after my death.
If we knew, when we bought that tin of cinnamon so many years ago, that we were buying a lifetime supply, would we have bought a larger tin?