Dear Moms and Dads,
Your whispers and eye rolls did not go unnoticed.
I saw them. I noticed them. And, I even understand them.
You see, five years ago, I was you.
I sat in a classroom listening to another mom in my oldest daughter's class plead for the life of her son. Her son had a peanut allergy and any exposure to peanuts or a peanut product would cause him to go into anaphalactic shock. The mom begged us not to send in any treats that contained nuts so that her son could be safe.
The thing is, I can clearly remember thinking, "Oh, give me a break!" Her words echoed in my head, "He could die from a peanut." The actual idea of it just sounded so ridiculous. A peanut? Really? I thought about how Abbie would not be able to bring in her favorite treat, peanut butter cups, for her special treat day. I thought about the fun tradition of making fall haystacks with chow mein noodles and peanut butter and chocolate that we would not be able to share at the classroom Halloween party. In short, I thought about how no peanuts would affect me and my own kid.
I was selfish.
Never once did I think about that other mom or her fears for her son's life.
And now . . . I am that mom.
My kid has a peanut allergy. And just last week, I had to stand in front of you parents and explain how my Ellerie, my little full of energy, sprite-like ball of smiles, could be taken down by just one little peanut.
I even begged.
But, even in this day, when there are many kids that have life threatening allergies, I saw you roll your eyes at me as if to say, "Oh no! Not another kid in my kid's class with allegies. . ."
I get it.
I really do.
Because I was you.
I was selfish.
But now. . . I am not.
Now, I am depending on you. . .
to help keep my 3 year old baby safe,
to keep my girl peanut free,
to keep my Ellerie alive.
In short, I am entrusting her life to all of you. . .
And I am praying that you have an unselfish heart.
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