Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Magic Shake-Ball


My son's birthday is tomorrow. Should I bring cupcakes in to his daycare if they're made with eggs and may have traces of nut products, even if the teachers say it's okay?


"And with the juice of this I'll streak her eyes,
And make her full of hateful fantasies."
(Midsummer Night's Dream, 2.1.257-58)

I don't like the sound of this: juice in the eyes that causes bad stuff to happen. I think some kid with an allergy is going to make contact with something she shouldn't, and it isn't going to end well. Come to think of it, last year I had an at-home birthday party for my daughter and almost had a nervous breakdown worrying about all the kids who might die right there in my kitchen because I hadn't been careful enough about cleaning up the stray blotches of peanut butter and scraps of scrambled egg. Every time I looked at the row of epi pens on the counter I started hyperventilating. No, no. No cupcakes. And you know what? No juice. Better safe than sorry.

1 comment:

  1. We're vegan for ethical reasons, but in the course of dealing with this, it's become increasingly clear that so many people have dietary restrictions - for one reason or another - that bringing food into the classroom as a signifier of celebration just isn't such a good idea anymore. I would suggest either a non-comestible treat such as a gift certificate to a local bookstore (for the class, to be used by the teacher), or something experiential, like arranging to go in to read them a story, a special show & tell, etc. The whole food thing is just too fraught with potential disaster!