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Fairly Odd Mother

Frantically waving my magic wand to make wishes come true.

Monday, October 30, 2006

Trick or SoyDairyEggNutTransfat-Free Treat!

This afternoon, my neighbor flagged down my minivan in the street as we were returning from the library (this week's letter is "Q": books on queens, quilts and Qatar! What the hell am I going to say about Qatar?).

OK, back to my original story: as I rolled to a stop next to her, she smiled and handed me a plastic baggie with pumpkins printed on it. Inside the baggie was an assortment of 'fun-size' candies: Smarties, Skittles, Charleston Chews. I thought she was giving me a treat, but then she explained that this was the bag of treats she wanted ME to give to her son when he came to my door on Halloween night. You see, he is allergic to tree nuts and those candies had been pre-screened by her. She was now walking up and down our street of about 30 houses and giving each neighbor a baggie of candy.

At first, I marveled at her smarts, her practicality (and I love all things practical). Her son would not be exposed to anything dangerous! That Epi Pen could be set aside for the night.

My second emotion was a bit of guilt. My oldest daughter, Belly, is allergic to milk, yet I have never even considered putting together little baggies of 'safe' candy and distributing them to the neighbors. What kind of mother was I? I even get excited that I get to eat all the chocolates in her Halloween sack. I suck.

But then, really. Are we headed toward a time when moms and dads march up and down the streets the day before Halloween, loaded with baggies of pre-sorted treats? Imagine how this would look in practice on Halloween night: the doorbell rings; I open it and peer at the little masked and painted faces. "Oh hi Mary! Here is your nut-free treat bag; Kyle, here is your yummy dairy-free bag; and Joey, I'm sorry, but it looks like your mommy would like to see you lower that BMI. Here are some rice cakes and raisins".

Now THAT is scary!

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9 Comments:

Anonymous the Sistah said...

That story disturbs me more than it probably should. L-man is still too little for most treats, but I just figured that it's my job to sort out the gum and gobstoppers first. And growing up, I couldn't eat coconut, so Mom got all the Mounds and Almond Joys. Is that so bad?

And funny-- I just ran out of Qatar this morning!

10:36 AM  
Anonymous Julie said...

Is it bad that I don't know what Qatar is? I'll be going to dictionary.com next.
You know, I did create to bowls of treats, one peanut free and one not so much... just incase some kid says to me, "hey lady, I am allergic to peanuts so please don't give me that Reese's peanut butter cup".

4:14 PM  
Anonymous julie said...

I mean TWO bowls.... sorry.
Oh, and I know what Qatar is now...
hehehe

8:03 PM  
Blogger Mom101 said...

It's funny, it never crossed my mind before until this year, when I brought home a Reeses variety pack to hand out and realized some kids can't eat that. But like you and the Sistah, I figure it's the parents' job to steer them away from it, and if they're young enough not to do so themselves, they've probably got trick or treating chaperones (at least here in the big city).

I actually applaud the mom for her resourcefulness and proactivity though. It's cool when it's one mom doing that. It's a nightmare when others catch on.

2:23 PM  
Anonymous rachel said...

Some kids are more sensitive than others, and could get a reaction from "safe" candies that touched "unsafe" candy.

We have major allergies here, but we just sift out what they can have, then the "Sugar Sprite" takes away the bad candy (to Daddy's work, er, to keep herself warm in the winter) and leaves them a present & safe candy. This year in the 30 lbs of candy they accumulated, they could only eat about 6 pieces. ah well.

10:41 AM  
Anonymous Velma said...

I actually sort as we go, weeding out the obvious peanut candies from my son's basket and giving them to the friends we trick or treat with. When we get homw, his sister is pretty good about weeding out her own stuff, and then I do a final piece by piece check. It whittles the amount of candy down to a managable level, that's for sure!

7:14 AM  
Blogger Fairly Odd Mother said...

Just an update: we totally abandoned the Qatar thing. Sorry to any Qatarites or Qatarians for the slight.

And I did remember to give the boy his 'correct' treats, but just barely. I think it is so much easier to just go through Belly's bag of treats and pull out the 'dangerous' ones for her. If she couldn't even have candies that touched milk-filled ones, I'd probably just give her a big bag of safe treats after she returned home. I'm still hoping my neighbor's idea doesn't take off. Oy, the idea of it hurts my head.

11:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just out of Orneryness, I had to go ahead and look up the word Qatar LOL
Here's what the dictionary says:
Qatar: country occupying a peninsula of E Arabia, on the Persian Gulf: entered into treaty relations with Great Britain (1878); became independent emirate (1971): c, 6000 sq. mi. pop. 305000; cap. Doha


OOOOOOOokay! LOL
I usually just pick out the stuff in the candy bag that the girls cannot eat and I either give it away, or me and hubby eat it!

6:02 AM  
Blogger big mama said...

My kids can't eat any of the usual candy (many,many allergies), so here is what works for us: mom and dad make or buy some treats that they can eat. We go to everyone's house collecting candy and occasionally feed the kids the safe stuff from our pockets. At bedtime, the kids put the candy by their beds. Overnight, the sugar sprite comes and takes the candy. In its place she leaves a nice present (fairy wings, tea mugs, teddy bears, you name it).

My kids don't ask for candy anymore and we don't have to worry about them eating the contraband

8:35 PM  

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