This happened at my children's school when they were younger, and all schools were made "nut free" zones..(yes, they still allowed me in on occasion
Many parents were not happy, and it was a challenge to find cookies and such that had no trace of peanut in them.
Some of the lunch room monitors got a little carried away confiscating any cookie which may contain trace amounts of peanut, and what bothered me is
they never gave them back to the students upon leaving the school...which made me wonder if these monitors weren't just finding an easy way to get
some cookies to eat
I feel so bad for the children with serious nut allergies, because they have to be constantly vigilant about what they touch , and what they eat,
which can't be easy for a 6 year old kid. Not only do they not get the great pleasure of nuts in food, some were harassed by other students, because
they were the cause of the ban.
At first I felt angry that my child had to change their diet because of someone else s allergies, yet when I met these adorable little ones who had no
say in what they were deadly allergic to , and had to live such a different life that was much more difficult , I realized what a small sacrifice it
was for my child to avoid bringing anything that contained nuts to school.
Parents of these children must go through so much anxiety, and many do not have a choice in homeschooling , and I'm sure they appreciate any efforts
by other parents and students to keep their precious little ones as safe as possible.
I did find it very ironic though when visiting an emergency ward at one of our local hospitals around this same time. There was a candy dispensary in
the waiting room, and two of them were nuts (unwrapped). I saw a child get some nuts in her hand, and then of course she was touching all the
furniture. I though to myself how strange that a school would apply a nut free zone for safety, but a hospital would allow open nuts like that in a
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