I popped my frozen bagel in the toaster and pushed the lever again when they popped out still a little pasty.
Like all toasting situations, I forgot to pay close attention to the millisecond between perfectly browned and burned so as a result two partially blackened bagel halves made an appearance.
I thought, well only the bottoms and edges are burnt so I can scoop out the good parts and maybe I’ll save fifty percent.
Then I stopped myself. I had at least six other bagels in the freezer. I wasn’t hurting for money or food, so why was I trying so hard to salvage the bitter bagel ends when I could simply start anew and ensure a perfectly toasted and delicious bagel?
I stopped to wonder how many other burnt ends I had eaten around in life instead of simply starting fresh.
Being thrifty and economical is smart and necessary— but not to the point of unnecessary self sacrifice and lost enjoyment.
Life is too short to eat burned bread.