The Insurmountable Slice

The Honors staff's sentiments about food are nicely summed up by Monty Python's Michael Palin: "All I ask of food is that it doesn't harm me." Compose an essay about the worst meal of your life. We are interested in the details of your experience, including where this meal took place, why you were there, who was with you, and how you dealt with it.

I consider myself a food enthusiast. That is, I love food in all of its aspects; the obvious nutiritional significance, the delightful variations in flavor and texture, the cultural connections, and sometimes even the visual beauty of it. One may be hard-pressed to present to me a dish that I can not appreciate in one way or another. Due to this, I find it nearly impossible to recall an entire meal that could honestly be considered my "worst." Rather, I will speak of a single foodly entity, a slice of cheese - one which revealed to me the darker side of humanity.

It was a cool Saturday, sometime during April or May if I recall correctly. I had slept in late that day, resolving no earlier than noon that I should roll out of bed and get something done. Assessing the to-do list, I found that a visit to my grandparents' house was in order. It was to be a typical trip: I would chat with them about family goings-on, empathize with their complaints or opinions on this and that, munch on cookies or pretzels, then leave. Easy enough, I had done it a thousand times before.

As I made my way to their house, I noticed that the sky was becoming increasingly dark. Life seemed to have been frozen then: no animals frolicking...

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