As I pulled my hot plate from the microwave starving, I couldn’t wait to eat. As I agitated the grains of rice & stew with my fork it occurred to me that it might still be too hot for a 1st bite, but I talked myself out of waiting. I wondered, how do you know exactly how hot your food is if you don’t taste it? (as if the vapor steaming from the plate wasn’t enough indication). As I brought the fork closer to my lips, again I ignored the warning from the heat that tickled my nose, again I thought, that’s no big deal, I’ve eaten hot food before, this can’t be that bad. Oh well, turns out it was worse, seems I had unknowingly set the microwave to heat up for 4 minutes instead of 40 seconds! Hélas, my scalded tongue now knows, just like most things in life, heed the little warnings, don’t talk yourself into or out of it if your gut says otherwise, & just because you’ve been there or experienced it before doesn’t make this time any less dangerous.