Recently I purchased a bottle of vitamins. Naturally, I checked the expiration date on the bottle before I purchased them.
Break for funny story here. Once, when I was receiving an IVIG infusion, the nurse left the box that contained the bottle of chemistry on the table by my side. Naturally, I was curious about the composition and infusion protocol. After gaining that knowledge, I thought to myself, wouldn't it be funny if..... So, when my nurse was across the room, I asked (loud enough for everyone in the room to hear), "How long after the expiration date are you allowed to use this stuff?" I received a benediction from her and some funny looks from the other patients in the room. To this day, I insist it took the edge off of the mood in the room. My story, and I'm sticking to it.
Tonight, I was going through my cabinets and encountered some saltine crackers that had not been opened since the beginning of my alien sabbatical, three and a half years ago. Looking for an expiration date, I did not see one and thought I would try one of the crackers. The expiration date may not have been on the box, but after one taste, it was clear the crackers had expired.
I guess that was another sign that things associated with that time of my life are departing.
Ironically, the vitamin bottle pictured above displays the date when I will be considered "cured." When I noticed the correlation, I was telling someone that I had purchased something that is now in that window. Other things that I have purchased did not have expiration dates that far out. This bottle of vitamins does and it lets me know that the cure date is indeed on the horizon.
However, when talking to the individual I mentioned in the previous paragraph, I couldn't resist saying, "You know, either the vitamins or me could be expired by then."
Dark humor, I know. But hey, sometimes you have to find the humor where you can.
The following is out of context, but it's not the first time words from this book have been used out of context. My usage is for fun. Not for judgement or derision.
The Lord will laugh at him, for he sees that his day is coming. - Psalm 37:13