It’s seen a lot, good and bad.
It was there for the earthquake in Tohoku, and for the tsunami in Phuket.
For the fiery destruction of the Twin Towers, and for the subsequent rebuilding.
For the turn of the millennium, whichever year you celebrated it. For the fall of the Berlin Wall.
For the explosion of Challenger. And Chernobyl.
For the landing on the Moon. For the killing fields of Cambodia.
For the assassination of JFK. And MLK. And Bobby.
For the silver, diamond, and golden jubilees of Queen Elizabeth II.
For the Green Revolution. The Digital Revolution. The Sexual Revolution.
For The Seven-Day War (Israel/Hezbollah). The American/Vietnam War. The police action in Korea.
For the Great Depression and for the Roaring Twenties.
For the Seven-Day War (Poland/Czechoslovakia).
For WWI. For the Spanish flu.
For the development of vaccines for tetanus, diphtheria, scarlet fever, polio, typhus, measles, mumps, rubella, chicken pox, pneumonia, influenza, shingles, hepatitis, AIDS. For the eradication of smallpox and for the tireless persistence of the common cold.
It makes me think of Mark Twain‘s stalagmite and that water-drip drop . . .
Sign at Kartchner Caverns State Park
Of course, it hardly matches a drop-by-drop geologic formation but it’s still much older than anything I expected to see on my pantry shelves.
I’m unable to explain a bag of popping corn with an expiry date of September 1917 (like the month matters at this remove in time), but sometimes things just don’t make sense. We have to deal with them anyway.