Scared of Everything
I think when you become a parent everything becomes scarier. Terrifying really. You worry about your kids constantly. I even worry about myself, mainly because I worry about how sad my kids would be if I weren't around. I mean, who would make them pancakes? I should probably teach dad how to make them. (Note to self: teach Kevin to make pancakes)
Having a child who has allergies makes parenting even more terrifying. So in no particular order, here is a list of things that scare me.
- Birthday parties
- Valentine's Day
- The Easter Bunny
- People who say, "Don't worry the packaging said Peanut-Free, your son can eat it!" meanwhile it didn't say tree-nut free. (This happens more than you know)
- Kids who eat nuts within 3 kilometers of Fletcher
- Fletcher starting kindergarten
- Christmas parties
- Kids who drool
- Adults who drool or spit when they talk
- Future teenage girls who eat nuts and try to kiss future Fletcher (STAY AWAY FUTURE FLETCHER! STAY AWAY!)
- People who don't wash their hands
- Bulk foods
- Dogs who lick Fletcher (MAYBE THEY ATE NUTS!?????) This one is hard because Fletcher also gets hives from normal dog licks. HOW WOULD I KNOW? WHAT IF THEY ATE NUTS?? Do dogs ever eat nuts? I don't actually know.
- Sending Fletcher to a friends house without my supervision (this hasn't happened yet, as he is only 3 - but the thought of it makes my palms sweat
- Spin the bottle (Yes this is years away and I don't even know if kids still play this, but HELLO SCARY STUFF!!!)
- People who think cashews belong in soup (apparently that's a thing)
- People who wear velvet blazers (keeping you on your toes, this terrifies me - but has nothing to do with allergies)
- College/University (yes I think this far in advance sometimes)
- Sports – AHHH! Halftime snacks?
- People who just don't know
- Celebrities like The Chipmunks who make nut consumption look cool.
- People who do know but don't take food allergies seriously
- Indoor playgrounds
- Remote locations - think camping on an island a zillion kilometres away from a hospitals
- Movie theatres
- Unplanned birthday celebrations at school/daycare
- Indoor playgrounds
- Squirrels - those little suckers love nuts!
- My own brain (what if I miss something?)
All that being said, I'm not a hermit who never leaves the house and never lets Fletcher experience things. We plan on traveling with him - after doing lots of research of course. We'll let him go to birthday parties - with supervision probably till he's 21. We will keep going places and doing things. Although pretty much everything scares me, life is worth experiencing, we just have to take a little extra precaution. This includes lecturing Fletcher's future girlfriends on proper tooth brushing techniques after nut exposure.