To Wisconsin and Back
There are many things that as a parent of an allergic child makes me very nervous. Traveling is one of those things and I don’t think I’ll ever completely be calm and relaxed while traveling. Despite this anxiety, traveling and vacationing is important for families as it provides a time of bonding and memories. In our case, it allows our children to have a sense of extended family since everyone lives a few hours away. A second event that makes us nervous is birthday parties. They’re a barrel full of dangerous fun. This last weekend we did both, traveled and went to a birthday party. I felt like I was tempting fate a bit but we all came out safe despite the typical post travel sniffles.
One of the biggest reasons we made it through the weekend without much trouble was the planning that went into the trip. I packed my usual box of food and prepared a meal ahead of time to warm up in the hotel’s microwave. My cooler was packed with allergy-free food and drink. All of this was necessary, but one of the biggest reasons the Little Guy remained safe was simply, the people hosting the birthday party cared. They listened to my directions. I had input in the menu. In fact, I baked cupcakes to take with us so that the other kids wouldn’t transfer dangerous particles onto the toys. She listened and followed my directions completely. She informed her guests that a very allergic little boy was coming over and requested that they give the kids their milk prior to coming. They had designated counter space to separate the allergy-riddened food from the safe food. The family did the biggest part to keep my kiddo safe.
I know, that even if they read these words, the hosts may never truly understand how much this little act of kindness means to me. They may never understand the relief I felt when they not only asked how to keep him safe, but then did it and more for us. The birthday guests, I may never met again. But they too have no idea how much their kindness affected our little family. All families involved this weekend have my up most gratitude. Thank-you.