Lately, Noah and Josie have been asking Anna “Which would you rather?” kinds of questions. It is as if they are attempting to understand how she feels, having food allergies. At lunch today this is what I heard.
Josie: “Which would you rather do? Go to the Waterpark Of America every day or eat wheat stuff and not get sick?”
Anna: “Eat wheat stuff and not get sick.”
Wow! I was even a little surprised by Anna’s answer. She LOVES the Waterpark of America! We can’t drive by it without the kids asking when they can go there. These types of questions reveal so much about how she feels about being allergic to foods. She seems to handle her allergies so well. In fact, family and friends often comment about how well she accepts her food allergies. She doesn’t say anything when others have something that she cannot. Like this morning at breakfast, Noah and Josie had some donuts and cinnamon rolls (leftover from the boys camping weekend). Anna just asked if I could make her some oatmeal.
Josie’s question gives us all a little more compassion and understanding for what it is like to live with food allergies. If I could give her the gift of no food allergies, I would. She is such a trooper! Man, oh man, I am so thankful for each of our kids!