I was out with kids at an event and there were snacks on a table. It was just a small affair and we were just dropping by. The snacks included a box of cheez-its, a bag of trail mix laden with nuts, including peanuts, and a bag of miniature chocolate candy bars.
A man says, "Help yourself to the snacks. The kids can have any of it."
I said, "Oh, no, that's okay. My son's allergic to peanuts so I'm gonna keep them away from the food."
Man: "Oh, well, there are candy bars. They can have those. Chocolate and... Snickers!"
He smiled proudly like he was offerring my kids a wonderful treat.
Maybe he doesn't eat Snickers and he doesn't realize they are made with peanuts. Or, maybe they are his favorite candy bar and he just wasn't thinking. He didn't catch the confused look I gave him.
It was a reminder that some people hear peanut allergy and think "no peanuts" but don't clue in to the fact that it also meants "no products that contain peanuts". Honestly, it is hard for me to understand how someone can't get that. I try to remind myself that while I have been aware of food allergies for 5 years, other people have zero experience with food allergies.
Luckily my kids didn't get upset about not getting any food.