People Mean Well, But…
Why is it that complete strangers feel the need to force food at my children? 99.9% of the time this food isn’t safe and contains an allergic food. These ignorant, but kind people obviously just adore children and think food is an easy way to light up a child’s face and to make their day. Well, that’s just wonderful for most, but not for my son who is allergic to at least one ingredient in every pre-packaged food on the market. So, these strangers insist my kids take the food and absolutely refuse to take no for an answer. We tell the stranger that my son is allergic, multiple times, doesn’t matter. They keep at it! My kids know not to take food from strangers, but since they’re always with someone they know when this happens AND the stranger is adamant about giving the food to them, they accept it. Then when we’re out of ear shot my son always asks “does it have allergies in it?” It breaks my heart every time. It’s such a hopeful question and his face is all lit up with the potential to eat something normally off-limits. When I tell him “yes, it has allergies honey/no, you can’t have it,” he looks so sad that it physically hurts me. Lately he’s been more upset by this then before and usually ices the cake with a pouty lip and “but why do they even make something with allergies in it?
So, little does this well-meaning stranger know, instead of making a kid’s day, they just shattered his week.
FOOD ALLERGIES ARE JUST AWFUL!