Would my four-year-old recognize an unshelled peanut? Now, I must visit the supermarket with a mission beyond purchasing this week's groceries. I must be sure to point out unshelled peanuts because we came upon some at a department store the other day. I can't help but think that if I had not been there, my child might have bent down to examine the spilled trail mix more closely, not realizing that there was a peanut in that mix.
We were waiting in line when I noticed some spilled trail mix on the floor in front of the cashier's counter. There were some pieces of dried fruit, cashews, and a peanut. That deadly peanut. For a moment, I almost forgot to breath. I pointed it out to my peanut-allergic child and we stood a few feet away, waiting our turn. We made sure to keep our distance and then pointed it out to the cashier. I had never really thought of peanut-free or nut-free clothes shopping. I had been focusing more on avoiding peanuts as an ingredient. I just don't know how my child would be affected by skin contact with a peanut, and I don't want to find out. Yet another reminder that vigilance is absolutely essential.