Monday, March 9, 2009

Allergic to Playfood

For those of you who don't know: Hannah is allergic to dairy and soy.

Yesterday, Hannah became very busy providing us with food from her play kitchen. She brought Theo a hamburger patty on a plate. He said, "Thank you." and started to pick it up to eat it. Hannah stopped and looked very serious with her hand extended in full "Stop!" mommy fashion. With some urgency but a great deal of clarity she said, "Don't touch it. It has cheese in it!" She calmed and waited a beat and then, "You wanna fork?"

Theo asked if it was Daddy safe and she indicated it was but that it did have cheese so he should use a fork. She's learned enough to know that sometimes we choose to eat foods that contain her allergens but we are careful not to touch them with our hands so we are less likely to expose her to danger.

It's heartwarming and a little scary to realize just how closely she is watching and imitating all we do. Not only did she feed us in a Hannah-safe manner yesterday but she also played church. That involved putting stickers on our backs and then going to make "copies" by sliding index cards through the slot in a cabinet door. I realized, I've been taking her to help make copies for my class every Sunday before I drop her off in her class.

Be careful, little eyes, what you see. Be careful Mommy because the little eyes are always watching.

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