It’s coming. The last day of school and all that comes with it; parties, picnics and more. It’s all in good fun and a wonderful way to celebrate our children’s hard work throughout the year. But most of these celebrations are geared around food, so it’s also a hectic time for us food allergy mamas as we think of creative ways to get around the inevitable question of whether or not our kids can participate in these food celebrations. My son John has several coming up including end of year baseball and soccer outings at the local ice cream shop, a class celebration at a friend’s house with free use of an ice cream truck, and the school wide hand out of Popsicles on the blacktop after the last bell rings.
These fun little celebrations all include food John can’t have; ice cream. In fact, even Popsicle day is off limits because the ones the PTA buys has a shared facility disclaimer. Usually, the best way to handle all this is 1. make sure I am there if at all possible, and 2. make the yummiest, most delicious treat to send in place of the ice cream. It’s always a bonus when the other kids want what John’s having versus the same old ice cream cone.
Treats are just that…something special to celebrate little moments of greatness in our lives. It’s not always about the food, especially as we get older. Treats could mean a facial, manicure, a round or golf, a new pair of shoes or whatever else you fancy. What I’ve tried to¬†teach my son is to not get caught up by the fact he can’t walk up to the ice cream truck like his friends….it’s more about being WITH his¬†friends, and appreciating the moment of togetherness.
As the school year comes to a close and our kids are home for the summer it’s a great chance to slow down and enjoy the “togetherness”. I personally look forward to lazy days and special treats all summer long. I also look forward to developing and baking¬†some new treats to share with John, my family, his friends and all of you. Here’s to a Happy June!