Monday, July 22, 2013


Can I just say, that when parents tell me that peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are the only thing their child will eat, really bothers me.  Who's fault is it that your child will only eat peanut butter and jelly sandwiches???  Really, seriously???  I am so sorry that your child may be denied a peanut butter and jelly sandwich at school or be asked not to bring them , when they can eat one anytime out of school.  I am really sorry that my child would love to learn to read and write too , and play with children and have fun at school.  I am sorry that my child could die if he came in contact with your beloved peanut butter and Jelly sandwich.  I am sorry it is a huge hassle to ask your child to wash their hands.  I am sorry that my child's allergy, has made you have to know the ingredients that you are putting in your child's birthday cake that you bring to school, but that is okay, don't bother, my child can sit at a table by himself while all the other children get to eat and celebrate.  I am sorry that my child's and the many children with life threatening food allergies has inconvenienced you.  Believe me, I don't wish this allergy on anyone, but if you could walk one day in the shoes of a family with a life threatening food allergy, you would get down on your knees and pray to GOD to get out of those shoes quick!!  It is an exhausting allergy, and one that I hear many stories from parents/children who have been ostracized because of it.  It is NOT nice, it is uncalled for!  EVERY child has a GOD given right to go to school to learn and play and not to live in fear of getting sick or die.  People need to stop just thinking of themselves and start caring about everyone, no matter what!  God bless each and everyone of you, and remember everyone has their own story and their own struggles, they may not be visible but they are there.  My selfish thought for the day and most days is that I wish there was no such thing as a nut.  There, I said it!!!


Anonymous said...

Hugs to you Julieann......


Anonymous said...

At times, we all need to say what we are thinking. You don't ever have to apologize for speaking about your son's allergy.

jen said...

I know Julianne - people really are ridiculous sometimes - in what universe is one days lunch spread more important than a child's life. Seriously. I have a friend with a child with a peanut allergy and it is soooooo stressful and scary for parents !
I honestly believe whomever is so vigilant about the peanut butter would be just like you if their child was faced with the exposure daily -
Hugs to you and prayers
Take care

as always starzie said...

Julieann I totally understand your struggles with food allergies! I just read an article about a thirteen year old girl that accidentally ate a rice crispy bar with peanut butter frosting. I don't even think she swallowed the bar, but tried to spit it out. Her father, a doctor was there injecting epipens, but nothing helped her! She died!
Boy, this was a real eye opener! I will really respect your right to keep your child safe by asking people questions regarding the ingredients in foods they prepare! And if a child must eat their peanut butter and jelly sandwiches at home, so be it! It might save the life of another child!
Take care!