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Child with Allergies: Source of Strength
March 16, 2010
I love to thumb through my mother’s 1933 Home Economics text book, Everyday Foods. It purports to teach 16 year olds complicated nutrition tables, how to plan a meal, set a table, make breads and jams, can fruit, and clean and truss a fowl. There are chapters on feeding invalids and feeding children. A required class for every 10th grade girl.
True, most any 16 year old today could Google “fowl,” but could she “remove the entrails?” No, probably not. “No way! Not going there; not doing THAT!”
But just a few years later, that girl becomes a woman...and then perhaps a mother. And when faced with a child with celiac or ADHD or autism, she will, figuratively, do THAT. Whatever “that” is. Whatever it takes. She will open that book. Okay, so it’s not an old blue hardback text with crumbly yellow pages, like mine. Maybe it’s the Internet. Or medical magazines. Or newly published research. She will dig in, looking for answers.
Every day I read dozens of Living Without readers’ letters. Moms raising kids on special diets, wanting to restore health, encourage picky eaters, pack an interesting lunch, send a kid safely off to college. And they want to arm themselves with knowledge.
I wonder, where do they find the guts, the courage, the perseverance, to meet these challenges every day? Where do they find the sheer power?
Where do you find your answers? Your power?