What a beautiful illustration of “dedication, loyalty, friendship”. Not everyone gets to experience this degree of loving support from their friends and family. It’s not because they’re not loved enough, but because the circumstances aren’t right.
Have you ever had an entire gathering of friends or family give up a basic daily right and ritual so you could be included? We have. This show of character is one that we have experienced over and over again. Every time we go to a birthday party where the parents and children have opted for an entirely allergy free party just so Elena can participate fully, we feel it. Every time we go to a playdate where people have gone out of their way to check every label, we feel it. When we go to church and the coffee cart is stocked with Elena safe treats (and even rice milk), we feel it. When we attend our family Thanksgiving and everything has been adapted to a safe version, we feel it. Of course, we also feel it when this happens.
People often ask what are the hardest things about dealing with food allergies, but nobody ever asks what are the best parts. This is the best part. We get to feel this kind of love from our friends and family all the time. It’s truly an amazing gift.
“Dedication…Loyalty…Friendship…The choices we make, reveal the true nature of our character.”
-The Good people at Guinness