peanut butter and play equipment
I gave my first impromptu "lecture" about peanut butter to a mom at the park today. I was polite, but the peanut butter in this situation was just out of control and I felt I had to say something.
Two moms came to our small neighborhood park with 6 or 7 kids behind them. They soon start yelling, "Come get your peanut butter sandwiches!" So I start packing up my daughter. I can usually be fairly comfortable with 1 or 2 peanut butter sandwiches around, but not 6 or 7. But THEN, all the kids pile on the small toddler play equipment, and the mom goes to hand them out ON the equipment. They were going to eat their lunch up there. The thought of that much peanut butter on the equipment that my daughter plays on everyday was too much for me.
I politely said, "Can I ask you a favor? My daughter is extremely allergic to peanut butter, and I'm going to leave with her now, but in general, it is best to not let your kids eat that on the play equipment." She didn't say a word, and looked at me like I was completely crazy. So I left, and I'm sure there were 6 peanut butter sandwiches eaten up on the equipment shortly thereafter.
Normally, I just leave, realizing my daughter is the minority, and most kids are going to eat PB&J, but this was too much for me today. Sigh.