Saturday I was in a restaurant (TooJays) for breakfast - 2 egg whites, spinach, onions, feta cheese and coffee. Nothing else. Didn't even eat the fruit. Brought my own almond milk. The person I was with had toast and butter with her meal and I didn't have a need to stare at her food or drool.
You pay the bill up front at the bakery case. There are two cases, forming an L, with the register at the joint. I kept my back to the cake case it so I did not get blinded by the icing food porn in that case. This meant I faced the case with all the Greek and Jewish danish and cookies. I noticed that small insects were winging their way around the lower shelf inside the bakery case, stopping on the this danish or that cookie. If they were on the lower shelf I am sure they also fly around the upper shelves. I hate bugs. Bugs in food are a huge phobia with me. I hate camping and picnics and eating a sit down meal alfresco because of bugs. I do not do activities that involve me eating where things are buzzing. That said, I know that there are a certain number of insect parts per million in all manufactured chocolate and that never stopped me from buying a Hershey bar. Perhaps it is the movement of the insects that bothers me. Who knows? But I digress -
I saw the these little flying bugs and I said a silent thank you for their existence in that case at that moment. I know myself and now that I have seen those creatures buzzing on the food in that case I will never again pine, long or purchase anything from the bakery case at TooJays.
A similar thing once happened at Disney World with a popcorn cart. I was on line for a diet soda at the cart inside the entrance on Main Street one day when a bird flew into the cart, right into the bin portion where the corn lays after it pops. The bird got a bit panicky before finding its way out and while flapping its wings frantically, it defecated in the bin. After the cast member got the bird out of the case I said to her that everything in the case needed to be trashed and the case cleaned. She looked at me like I was crazy and said she would have to call a supervisor before she could stop selling the popcorn. That was seven years ago and I have not had a desire to eat popcorn at Disney World in all this time.
Sometimes, when we need extra help, we can get by on a wing and a prayer. Even if the wings are attached to little icky creatures.