I thought I'd share a sweet story with you guys.
Over the weekend, we went to a birthday party for one of B's pals from school. It was a GREAT party - in a fabulous park, not too many kids, a great sunny day - but the best part was how wonderful her friends are.
When it came time to eat, all the kids sat down at a picnic table, got their plates and napkins, their juice boxes, and were presented with platters of sandwiches.
I'm sure you can guess what kind of sammie was included in the spread. Yup, PBJ.
But I'm not a parent who freaks out about PBJ's anymore. Only if my daughter actually eats one. There were wipes around, so I figured any kid who ate one could just wipe their hands and we'd be fine. Plus, these kids are older now, and much less messy. B goes to a school that allows PBJ's so she's around them all the time. I just don't stress about it anymore. I can't. This is just part of our life moving forward so we just need to deal.
So back to the party.
The birthday girl's dad was telling everyone what kind of sandwiches there were. He's such a nice guy, he apparently made the sandwiches, and he was so proud of them! He called out:
"Yummy Peanut Butter and Jelly!"
"Cream Cheese and Jelly!"
"Turkey and Cheese with NO Mayo or Mustard for the Kids!"
"Turkey with Mustard and Mayo and Lettuce for the Grownups!"
So the kids all sit there, trying to decide what they want, and negotiating with their parents about EXACTLY how much they need to eat before they can have cake.
And out of nowhere one little girl pipes up "We can't eat Peanut butter and Jelly - B is allergic!!!". And NOT ONE of the kids took a PBJ.
I could NOT believe it. My heart melted right there on the spot.
I hadn't said a word to anyone there about her peanut allergy. I just told B quietly that the sammies in front of her had the Peanut Butter but that she could have any of the others.
So the kids had turkey or cream cheese and jelly. And everyone got cake (with frosting!! and chocolate!!!)
Such solidarity. Without B even saying a word. Those little girls are good people.
Just so you know, the turkey sammies went fast. The sight of a bunch of grownups eating tiny little squares of PBJ was pretty funny.