31 May 2008

nuts

When we went to the dog show a few weeks back I made an important acquisition, an entire case of the world's most amazing peanut butter. I could live on the stuff, and Oliver eats a pb&j (not j, exactly, but usually reduced-sugar strawberry preserves from Trader Joe's) sandwich every day at school. He sometimes requests it on weekends too. It's the only thing I have ever sent in his lunch that guarantees a "Oliver ate all of his lunch" notation on his daily sheet.

Tonight I got an email from the teacher at his "summer camp" program, informing me that he's going to be in a "peanut-free" classroom. This is rocking our world far more than it should but holy moly....maybe mention this BEFORE I write the check for the non-refundable deposit! There are four classrooms for his age group...maybe mention that one of the others isn't peanut-free.

He will eat grilled cheese but there's no way I'm making one of those every morning, and I don't know how he would feel about having it cold anyway. We've tried traditional sandwich meats like ham or turkey but he just takes them apart, eats the bread, and leaves the rest.

I completely understand the safety issues. I agree it is more important for another kid to live than for my kid to eat a lunch that includes protein. I get it. I don't have to like it, but I get it.

I remain convinced the only sure thing in parenting is this:  Just when we get something all figured out, either the kid or an outside force rips the rug out from under us.

6 comments:

I am a Tornado ~ proven fact! said...

I L - O - V - E Natural PB w/o added sugar, oil, and salt! It's a mainstay in our household ...

Ever try the freshly ground at WholeFoods - Next time I hit the strip I plan on picking up some HUGE amounts of roasted peanuts and try to grind my own! I've made pistashio butter - YUMMY and made a sandwhich with honey, banana on toasted whole grain. Another thing we LOVE to do here is grill a pb&j sandwich (like a grilled cheese). Using all fruit or something like.

Good luck with that ... my girls are so very picky I don't know what I would do!

Allison Says said...

Ohh I LOVE peanut butter. It's a staple in my quick-fix breakfasts :)

Can you do non-peanut-nut spreads? Almond butter is delicious, so is cashew and pistaschio...and sunflower seed butter is "meh" in my opinion, but is a good option for those with allergies! Might be worth looking into, especially if he ends up liking one of them!

Jami said...

My friend's daughter LOVES sunflower seed butter. I'm planning to look for some when I hit the grocery store next to see how Mr. B. likes it.

Kim said...

@ Allison - Nope, no nuts at all. Will have to try the sunflower stuff. Maybe if I just don't mention it to Oliver....

Karen said...

Could you ask to be in one of the other classes? Poor Oliver.

I didn't know you showed! We dabbled briefly before our show girl nicked her ear, but my sister championed the mastiff she raised. She took my daughter with to most of the shows and now Becky is sure she needs to show as well.

Susan at One-Woman Show said...

You are absolutely right about the parenting rule: you get one stage/thing down, and the kid is on to the next.

One thing about the sunflower butter or whatever it's called, my daughter is extremely picky and LOVES peanut butter, but she didn't think twice about the substitute.