As a school teacher, I am very aware of the number of kids who have some type of allergy to food, whether milk, gluten, strawberries, or the unspeakable peanut. Each year it seems like I get a few more. Most of the time they are allergic to only one item here or there, so I haven't really had to pay close attention to them, although I did have a peanut girl (yes that is what we all called her) my first year of teaching and that was absolutely miserable. No pbj for me that year as I ate in the room and goodbye to my afternoon snack of pb m&m's (not that I really should have been eating them anyways). Every snack that entered the room I had to scrutinize and let's not even talk about class parties.
While I know it was not something that could be avoided I felt bad for the students who were in the classroom that year as many snacks had to be thrown away, special treats couldn't be shared, and peanut butter, a childhood staple, couldn't be enjoyed by anybody for the whole school year. It seemed like 23 people had to suffer along with 1 girl who actually had the allergy.
What's my point?
Allergies are annoying.
They don't just affect the person who has them, but everybody around the person has to suffer too.
Doesn't seem quite fair.
You are probably wondering where all this is coming from, right?
Last week Zoe had a field trip to a pumpkin patch. Since they were going to be gone during lunch time, parents were asked to pack a lunch for their child. So what does every parent who doesn't have a kid who has a peanut allergy pack? PBJ of course. It's the go-to sandwich. Doesn't have to stay cool, can be squashed, and always ready to eat. Zoe's lunch was packed with fresh fruit and veggies, a juice box, and her field trip ready sandwich and off to school we went.
As I walked in the front door, there on the board was the announcement:
The Pre-K class will be visiting J's pumpkin patch today. Please make sure they are dressed appropriately with sneakers, jeans, and a jacket. Don't forget your child's lunch. No peanut butter products, please!
Crap! Couldn't those kids with the allergy just sit off to a side since they are eating outside? Why does my child have to give up her lunch? (Don't forget I warned you this was a very selfish post!)
Of course, this would be a morning I was already late so what does a late mommy do? Call Daddy to the rescue. Thankfully Dave was able to stop by Wawa and drop off a Lunchable (cause that is so healthy and all) to Zoe, and a crisis was averted.
Zoe had a lunch and
No peanut people were injured.
The only negative result was my agitation because allergies are annoying!
Does your child's school do anything special about peanut allergies?