Warning this is a RANT (sarcasm ON)....
Today's was M's first day of preschool. I took the day off today so I could extend my 3 day weekend to 4 days and, to see M off on her first day. Dianna told me that M will not get to take peanut butter & jelly sandwiches to preschool. Apparently, some classmate(s) has a very bad nut allergy in her class. This is not good....PB&J is M's favorite meal. In fact, she could eat PB&J sandwiches EVERY day, if we let her. I can't comprehend this....growing up it was extremely rare to hear of a kid having a nut allergy and, now it is quite common. On the drive home today, after picking up M, Dianna tells that the entire private school where M attends is now peanut free because so many kids have nut allergies. How about this concept.....they put all of these peanut sensitive kids in the same room during lunch? That way the rest of the kids can enjoy their PB&J's. I guess I need to get used to this kind of thinking - another blog I read refers to the concept of the "lowest common denominator." This blog mentioned how society seems to be brought down because of the lowest common denominator. An example mentioned is that we all have to suffer driving on the freeway when the selfish drivers merge at the last possible moment. The PB&J ban is kind of like this and, so is the dumb kid in the class slowing the education process down for the rest of the students.
Maybe I have lack of perspective on the nut allergy issue...but, what are these kids going to do in college? Should state governments build special college campuses that are designated peanut-free zones? What about when it's time for these kids to enter the workforce? Does that employer suddenly have to become a peanut-free work place? Do these same employers designate peanut eating zones near the entrance, where all the peanut loving employees can gather and eat their peanuts, including special receptacles to dispose of their empty peanut packaging?