Crumbs From the Corner: Adventures in Woolgathering

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Add Water, Simmer Slowly

I heard this first from my Spouse:
If one drops a frog into boiling water, it will leap out in shock and escape in a hurry. It knows, after all, what danger is.
If, however, one places a frog into a cold pot of water and allows everything to grow warm slowly, a different outcome will be seen.
The frog will sit in the cold water, perhaps puzzled at first but not feeling any immediate danger.
By the time the water is warm the frog will be quite used to the situation.
By the time the water is boiling, the frog will be dead.
A slow, calculating method indeed, that is largely ignored by the victim until it is beyond all hope of redemption.
Our favourite breakfast cereal went up 50 cents literally overnight, a couple of months ago.
We were astonished to note about the same time that our weekly gallon of milk went up by approximately the same price. That is, until we looked at the container more closely, suspecting something amiss, and recognised that the situation was a little worse than initially thought. The cost had definitely increased but the gallon was no longer a gallon. Instead we were getting less milk.
The price of gasoline is rising beyond all possibilities and there is not a mutter to be heard.
Lately we have been examining our long-stored grocery receipts that date back to the late nineties, and my goodness, what a wealth of information is stored in those seemingly innocuous scraps of paper.
There is a lot to be said for not getting used to a situation.

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