If you’ve ever met me, you know by now that my kid has peanut allergies. I’m pretty transparent about the situation in general. I also have a hard time keeping quiet when someone ticks me off. I can’t believe we’re still talking about this, but there are actually people who feel inconvenienced by kids with food allergies. And you guessed it: I’m ticked off about it.
About a year ago, a Facebook “friend” posted a meme belittling kids with peanut allergies. I wrote (er, ranted) about it here. Well, it’s happened again. And mama bear ain’t having it.
I don’t care if peanut butter and jelly is your kid’s favorite food.
I don’t care if they won’t eat anything else (I actually have a hard time believing it).
I don’t care if you have to take an extra 30 seconds out of your day to read the label on a package of food before bringing it to school.
You know what I do care about? I care whether my kid lives or dies. So forgive me for being less than sympathetic that your kid can’t bring their beloved pb&j to school. Would you be ok with my kid lighting up a cigarette next to yours? Or what if they brought a gun to school? Would you be okay with that? I don’t think so.
Now I know this might come across as a bit dramatic, but I won’t apologize for that. Would I be expected to apologize for my kid having any other health issue? My kid’s life is more important than your kid’s favorite food. Plain and simple.
I don’t have an answer as to why so many kids have food allergies these days, nor do I care to debate the topic. My job as a parent is to keep my kid alive. This is why I can’t believe we’re still talking about the seriousness of peanut allergies. I don’t intend to stop talking about it until others see it as it is: a serious health issue. Just remember, nobody chooses to be a difficult parent or child in this situation. Nobody says they have peanut allergies for attention or to inconvenience you. If you think otherwise, I have no nice way of saying this, so here it goes: get over yourself.