Evil Thoughts

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After reading all these discussions, I knew that this crowd would be able to relate to the evil thoughts I had in my head while shopping at Costco today.

My DD is PA and was not with me, but I kept noticing parents wheeling up their carts to the sample ladies and just casually feeding them whatever was being offered. I was simultaneously jealous at how carefree they were and also kind of wishing that all the parents would get fat from chowing down so much!!! Then, I really got some rage going when I saw the Halloween candy samples........ (Halloween candy? Really? On Sept. 8th??) Reese's Peanut Butter cups!!!! I saw some lady eating one, licking her fingers, sharing with her small child and I was so fired up that I wanted to scream. DD was not there and in no danger....but I am so horrified at the site of all things peanut!

Once my sister was with me at a park, and I saw empty peanut shells on the ground. She said that I looked as if I had discovered used heroine needles! I think it's a maternal instinct that kicks in when something is a danger to your child.

By the way, I do see empty peanut shells mixed in the mulch at playgrounds pretty often...especially near picnic tables, so please all be careful about those.....

On Sep 8, 2007

I can understand what you are saying. Yesterday, I was at my son's house. There was an open package of Girl Scout cookies on the kitchen counter...and both grandkids were eating a cookie. They looked great! I almost reached for one - and remembered that I have to read the label. They were peanut butter cookies.

My DIL poked my son and said (laughing) , ' did you offer your mother a cookie'?

I had evil thoughts.

On Sep 8, 2007

Adele--why in the world would your son have PB cookies out? I am mortified. Truly. And very sad.

I mean, he must want his children to kiss their grandma, right?

Oh, when you are old and senile, you sure are welcome to live with us. And you and DH can go out and eat shrimp weekly.

I'm sorry--not to dis your son. But I don't understand.

On Sep 9, 2007

Hi McC. Thanks for your concern!

I'm ok with it. I'm the one that set the rules about PB products at their house when I'm visiting. DS/DIL are very careful about ingredients if I eat at their house. DS has warned me never to eat their jam as they double dip with PB knives....but I've never had a reaction from being around the kids eating a PB cookie.....as long as I'm not in an enclosed space, such as the car (I learned the hard way about that!)

Funny, but I'm more concerned just watching the kids eating PB cookies...especially my 5 year old DGS. He gets viral asthma, had eczema as a baby and has bad reactions to dogs/cats. But both kids eat PB products every day with no problems.

My DIL volunteers with the kid's Montessori school. She is currently developing a lunch program - providing lunch twice a week from various local restaurants. There are one or two PA kids per class, so DIL now knows what it is like to give the chef the third degree.

But my DGS is in kindergarten and his best buddy is PA. DGS is allowed to have PB sandwiches at school - and I don't believe his friend sits at a separate table. I'm shocked at this.

Old and senile? I think I'm halfway there! When can I move in?

(Peanutpatrol...sorry for hijacking your thread!)

[This message has been edited by Adele (edited September 09, 2007).]

[This message has been edited by Adele (edited September 09, 2007).]

On Sep 9, 2007

Oh I get that way at times. I see people not looking at labels ripping things open giving them to their kids and still sometimes feel like this whole pa thing is a joke and any moment now one of the drs will call and tell me they were wrong.

Alas, I know this is not the case and I have to look with envy at people who don't have to think about every little thing they give their kids, worry that it's not labelled correctly, worry that it might have been contaminated by peanuts, just worry all the time about food.

On Sep 9, 2007

Peanut Patrol, well, I used to get evil thoughts a lot more often than I do now. I don't know why it changed. But the sample tables still do bother me. Knowing that one of my children can possibly sample the food but my other one can't and if one can't I won't let the other ("may contain" products - NEVER a real peanut product). We ran into one yesterday at the store where you could sample Naan (?) bread but my son wasn't interested anyway. But when it's ice cream or something totally yummy for the kids, yes, evil thoughts.

I posted a thread here, quite a few years ago, about grocery shopping on a limited budget. The woman in front of me was able to pack her cart full of some great deals the store had on - I remember cookies in particular. I couldn't because they were "may contain". It just made me feel blecky that day (blecky enough that I posted about it here).

Peanuts on the street used to bother me as well - in fact, we'd do something called a "peanut alert" when we were walking down the street and there was a patch strewn with peanut shells. But, the neighbourhood I live in now, they're everywhere and no way to control them, so I've just learned to basically ignore or not step on them.

I don't understand the Hallowe'en candy at this time either, but it's out in our stores already.

Oh, and yes, there was a time (and again, another thread) when recipes in women's magazines would bother me if they had peanuts/nuts in them all the time.

I don't know if it's part of everyone's journey, or just mine, but some things I just can't allow to get to me anymore, KWIM?

But I think those sample tables bring out the evil thoughts in everyone! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img]

Oh, and peanut patrol, welcome, by the way. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

------------------ There but for the Grace of God, go I.

On Sep 10, 2007

I become unhappy when we try to fit our desire to eat healthy-organic-natural foods (my husband is completely vegetarian) into our TNA life. The two don't go together at all.

The overwhelming majority of companies that make "organic" or "natural" foods either have nuts in their products, or a very strong may-contain warning.

And of course, the #1 portein source for the vegetarian diet is nuts.

It is difficult to watch people happily lining up at the ice cream shop, or buying the lovely foods in the deli display or at the bakery. Imagine how nice it would be if my daughter could just pick a cookie up at the school party table like everyone else. It's hard not to feel resentful sometimes, and sad for her.

This weekend I made Kylie a nut-free carrot cake for the first time, knowing that she will never be able to eat carrot cake anywhere else. It came out pretty tasty, and she loved it.

On Sep 10, 2007

I suppose that carrot cake had eggs huh? Dying to have carrot cake. Probably won't happen for a long time! And I do know that feeling of envy when noticing those carefree parents out there. I find it humbling that God entrusted me with my MFA child. I guess He knows I can do it!! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] (Sometimes I don't feel that way though.........)

Kara

On Sep 10, 2007

I know what you mean about organic. The more organic I try to buy, the more I realize that these companies rely heavily on nuts.

Anyway, the other day, my sister was over and whipped out a used breakfast bar wrapper and threw it onto my table and without hesitation I lunged across the table and grabbed it. She looked at me like I was crazy. That when I realized that other people really just don't understand. (It didn't even have nuts, but the point is, I didn't know that.)

On Sep 10, 2007

Oh, I am so with you on this one!!!

I have evil thoughts when my co-workers eat things I am allergic to at their desks, leave wrappers in the trash at their desks, and do not wipe down surfaces they have touched while eating the offending products. Grrrr....

------------------ Adult onset Peanut (ana) & Soy Allergies (non-ana, but progressing).

On Sep 11, 2007

HI,

I agree with everyone, especially on the issues with healthy / organic foods. I also have a crazy urge when I am at the store to kick over all those big displays of peanut treats.

Nichele

On Sep 25, 2007

Sunday during Mass my son started to "talk" (he's 7 months old) He was being loud, happy but loud, so I took him to the "cry" room. One mom was there with her two rambuctious children and then she started going through her bag looking for snacks. She pulled like 10 small bags of various snacks out and at least 2 were peanuts. I immediatly left the room. Even though my son has nka, I won't risk it and my heart starts racing when I see peanuts. Thankfully my daughter was quiet during Mass or else I would have left. I just can't handle it.

I also found a pastachio shell at the park on Thursday. That freaked me out (and my daughter who was the one who picked it up.) She's not even allergic to tree nuts, but we still avoid them like the plague.

------------------ Erin, mama to Sarah (11/29/04) allergic to peanuts and soy, and to Simon (2/26/07) who has no known allergies

On Sep 25, 2007

Sorry for the double post, but I just read the other posts.

We're also trying to go has organic as possible and trying to eliminate high fructose corn syrup all together. On another board I'm on, most people eat at least 50% organic and no hfcs. We can't because pretty much everything I find that is hfcs free has soy and is a may contain item. It drives me crazy! Oh and we had to stop eating Annie's Cheddar Bunnies because they are may contain and I love Annie's Cheddar Bunnies (like Goldfish, but not as much salt!)

------------------ Erin, mama to Sarah (11/29/04) allergic to peanuts and soy, and to Simon (2/26/07) who has no known allergies

On Sep 27, 2007

I live in a beach community and have the most evil thoughts in the summer.....

I try to take the 2 kids to the beach to enjoy a nice swim and there are peanut shells everywhere in the sand! And when I get really angry is when they are buried, my son doesn't even have a chance! BTW, I don't get cell service on the beach...can't call 911. It is no fair that the poor kid can't even go to the beach!!

On Sep 27, 2007

I hear you on the beach woes. Pistachio shells blend right in with the sand too. No fun to go to the beach.

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