The 100 Days heart attack
Any "event" at school, of course, requires a note to parents asking for donations for the festivities.
The note last week about the 100th Day "event" caused me at least that many heart attacks. Needless heart attacks, it turned out, but I really need to keep a defibrillator on hand for the next time it happens.
To celebrate the 100th day, all first-grade classes at Big Guy's school will make Fruit Loop necklaces. It's a cereal I avoid like the plague because of its sugar and dye content, but one little necklace won't kill him.
One little peanut could, and that's why I freaked out when I read the part asking parents to donate candy so the kids can use them for math problems. "M&Ms, Smarties, Skittles, Runts ..."
My eyes didn't see past M&Ms at first, because there is no such thing as a safe M&M for the peanut allergic. Even the plain ones carry contamination warnings. Extending the candy logic, I could see Reese's Pieces coming into play, too. Because he's contact allergic, Big Guy wouldn't even have to eat those to have a reaction.
Which meant I had a quick reaction. Can you clarify, no M&Ms or Reese's Pieces, I asked his teacher.
It's already taken care of, she said.
The first-grade teachers agreed to let Big Guy's class go through the project room first, while it's still peanut-free. Only later classes will use the M&Ms.
I was pretty sure I could trust Big Guy's teacher to have his back - the woman who called me from Target as she spent her own money on food for Christmas craft projects back before Thanksgiving wasn't likely to goof up on something like this.
In the case of food allergies, though, "trust but verify" is the best policy.
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