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Jul 10, 2008

thanks....and an update

Thanks to everyone checking in on me, and my son who's at day camp.

He's been having a blast, and is coming home just SO wiped out from very full days.

I'm sending all his lunch, snacks etc and I've been feeling confident that he's safe.  That is, till the other day in the car, he mentioned that the counselors were giving out BUTTERFINGERS for prizes.  Are you KIDDING?  I nearly drove off the road in a panic....

He didn't even know what they are since obviously we don't eat those here.

So, quite calmly the next morning, I reminded the counselor that he can only have food from home, and handed her a little baggie full of safe candy to be used for prizes.  

I wish I wish I wish, that people could move away from candy as prizes.  And if it MUST be candy, why on earth would anyone select peanut butter candy given the ever growing percentage of children that are allergic to it. So risky.

Okay, back off my soap box.

Thanks everyone for all your thoughts, it means more than you'll ever know.

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Jana Weaver said...

Glad to hear day camp is going well, and I can understand your frustration! Julia is allergic to citrus (not a severe allergy thank goodness) and so I dread her playing soccer since the most popular snack for parents to bring to soccer is cut up oranges! Oh least those are pretty easy to recognize!! Hang in there...the good thing about kids growing up is they learn to take care of themselves and watch what they eat on their own!

MelissaS said...

Glad to hear that camp is going well. It will be a good transition to school in the fall. Apologies in advance for this long comment, but it struck a chord with me.
My DS attends a day care in which NO PEANUT products are allowed. He's not allergic to nuts (he is allergic to milk and eggs), but I don't even let him eat peanut butter at breakfast on school days. At the last party, though, some parent sent in SNICKERS bars. What are they thinking? Some people just. don't. get. it.
Maybe that should be a topic for one of your Just a little Green posts - about how far removed we are from food ingredients in today's society... have you read Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kinsolver? It makes me want to pack up and buy a farm of my own so I know what is in everything...

Kristin said...

OMG Jo that is SO scary and really unbelievable in this day and age. I would have completely freaked out if I were you, so I think you hndled it wonderfully! Glad he is enjoying camp, and you're enjoying it too :) See you Saturday!

Angie said...

Lord Almighty! I was just talking about this with my Mom yesterday! You see, I was eating Goldfish and I could not, for the life of me, find the allergy information on the little 100 calorie packet I had. As a daycare provider, I look for these things all the time and ask my daycare parents about allergies. I'm scared to death to give a kid something that they are allergic to! I hope nothing ever happens, but I'll always be on the watchout.

Amanda said...

As a school teacher and a parent I wish everyone would move away from candy as an incentive/prize! My son has Celiac disease so no wheat, barley, rye, or oats so I know how you feel sending every meal and then wondering those why something else is given! I'm glad your son is having a great experience at camp though! Hope it's getting easier on you too!! :)

expatmom said...

I have to tell you...Noah is constantly being given candy by the TEACHERS at his school! Although he doesn't have any drives me crazy! He has such soft teeth...we have had more dental work done than I care to remember. The last thing I want him having at school (when he can't brush his teeth!) is candy!


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