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)

Not much scares this guy.

Not much scares this guy.

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
  • Halloween
  • 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
  • Barbecues
  • 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.
  • Restaurants
  • Traveling
  • 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
  • Potlucks
  • 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)
  • Sleepovers 
  • 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.