Well, after about 3 years of putting it off, I finally managed to make it to my local perl mongers
for a social meeting. while I should have been tackling my continuing drywall project, they were having italian, so... overall it was a pretty nice time. there were only 6 of us at the restaurant in total, so it was fairly quiet, but they seem like a nice bunch of people (although there was this inside joke about a tree octopus
that I really didn't get). I was thinking about giving a technical talk on mod_perl there, and they seem interested in having me, so I thought that I might meet everyone first.
As I was a bit early to the meeting, I ventured off to the Fresh Fields
around the corner and got some supplies. amongst my purchases was a jar of soy butter
. why? well, my daughter
has an anaphylactic reaction
, so any exposure to peanuts is potentially life threatening. since finding out about her allergy (the hard way) both my wife and I have removed peanuts from our diets entirely, so we thought that soy butter would be a good way to introduce additional protein into our daughter's diet. well, we open the jar and tasted it, and both were almost physically ill. not that it tasted bad - it really tasted exactly like peanut butter, which was the problem.
Having a toddler with a peanut allergy is incredibly stressful: you can't go over to someone else's house without asking them to vacuum under the sofa cushions first; you can't go to the zoo without worrying that she will pick up a stray peanut shell and put it in her mouth; you can't buy anything without reading the label first; you can't bring them to a bakery, ice cream parlor, or many different types of restaurants; and you always have to carry an Epipen
everywhere you go (try getting on an airplane with that these days). So, the thought of having something that even tasted like peanuts in our house was enough to make us ill, invoking all those feelings of horror the first time we brought our daughter to the ER because she was having trouble breathing.
My life would be that much easier if people followed one basic rule: never offer or give a child food without checking with their parents first.