A little before one o’clock Ernie and I sat in a restaurant booth waiting for our meal to be served when Ernie asked, “Do you remember that story about cheese and crackers?”
Me: “Sort of.”
Ernie: It’s an ancient story of a European man who crossed the Atlantic Ocean by ship to the United States.
Me: Oh yeah …
Ernie: He’d saved his money and purchased a ticket on a luxury liner …
Me: And for the three-week voyage he filled up his suitcase with cheese and crackers so he wouldn’t starve to death.
Ernie: That’s right. Do you recall the moral of the story?
Me: I think so, the guy existed on crackers and cheese even though all meals were included in the price of his ticket.
Ernie: So what do you think?
Me: About cheese and crackers?
Ernie: Yes, are we satisfied dining on cheese and crackers when we could be enjoying a banquet?