Today, I went with my 6 year old's class and the other 3 kindergarten classes on a field trip to the local farm. My son's class has 15 students and three have food allergies. 2 require eip-pens, the third does not. Does that seem like a high percentage of food allergies to you? I think so. I hear it is similar in the other kindergarten classes too. Another strange fact--three mothers, including myself, came along as chaperones for my son's class. All three of us have children with food allergies. We compared food allergy challenges, tips, along with tales of asthma, eczema, and doctors. I feel like I am part of a weird club, a band of food allergy mothers.
Sounded familiar, kind of like "We few, we happy few, we band of brothers", which then reminded me of one of my all-time favorite speeches--the Saint Crispin's Day speech from Shakespeare's Henry V. Of course, it is a Shakespearean battle speech, and I don't mean to suggest it parallels our lives as mothers of food allergic kids, but it's an awesome speech! If you are not familiar with it, here's a version with Kenneth Branaugh: