Monday, May 09, 2011
Food Allergy Awareness Week: He Reads Labels
This week is Food Allergy Awareness Week. It just so happens it is also the week before a big PTO event at my school (and I am sort of a co-coordinator of it...). I'm hoping to post about my son's peanut allergy this week, in-spite of my insane schedule.
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On Saturday, it happened. My son read a label when I did not.
We were at my 3rd son's soccer game. I was not thinking about food allergies because my 2nd son was not supposed be getting food. Only the kids on the team get the snack. Except when kind parents share. They gave my first son a snack and my daughter, and then ran out of snacks. So, my oldest shared with my 2nd son. Problem solved.
I was exhausted. This was game 3 of 3 games on rainy soccer Saturday. I was single parenting it with four kids.
Ok, great. Snacks- everyone is happy. Perfect.
Now, let's get to the car.
I am hightailing it to the car and I look back at my son that is dragging himself at a snails pace. He looks at me sadly and says,
"But, momma, this is not safe for me. It says, 'May contain peanuts'."
I put both of my hands on his arms and I looked him straight in the eyes.
"David, you did a great thing. Thank you. Thank you for reading the label."
My oldest son gave him a juice box instead of the sugary cereal bar. While I will never know if the "May Contains Peanuts" warning would have meant harm for him, I do know that we shouldn't take chances with his food allergy. I also know he is paying attention to food labels.
The guilt I felt for not reading the label was suffocated by the satisfaction I felt from him reading the food label.
What a beautiful thing to see my 1st grader reading food labels.