School has been in session for 2 weeks already. The boys have done the usual beginning of the year projects to introduce themselves to their friends.
|No food allergies represented here!|
My 8 year old came home with an assignment to select 5 things that his classmates could look at to learn about him. He selected a dinosaur, a bug, Legos, a rock, and a car. All items were pretty typical for his the age, though the rock was a bit mysterious to those that did not recognize it as a potential dinosaur fossil. (Every rock is a potential dinosaur fossil!) At the last possible second, he decided to leave the car at home so he could take a picture of his little brother instead. How sweet was that?!
|Favorites of an 8 year old boy with food allergies|
Of the three favorite things to do at home, riding his bike is pretty typical. Thumper refers generally to any one of the wild rabbits that live in our back yard. The boys routinely leave food out for them, hoping that the rabbits will come to trust them enough to allow them to get close. (Yes, we have discussed the need to stay away from wild animals. That lesson just does not stick!) Worm patrol is the rescue of worms that are stranded on concrete after the rain has stopped. He ever so gently returns them to the dirt, and if they've begun to dry up he will find a puddle for them so they can rehydrate. I have learned not to expect to actually get anywhere when he's on Worm Patrol, because nothing is more important than a rescue!
This morning during a rare moment of snuggle time, I was talking to the 6 year old about school and friends and random stuff. His favorite parts of the school day are also recess, snack and lunch. Considering that he has just 4 safe foods, and that he sits with friends while they are eating foods that he has never tasted but wants to eat, it is pretty amazing that meals are among the times that he enjoys most.
My children are strong. They are resilient. My children are not defined by their food allergies.