Home Ec FTW

ccineThis semester Bubs’s schedule include home ec. Shudder.

In confidence, ask school nurse won’t home ec just be, like, a total waste of time? Will he just cook things and not eat them and then wash his hands really well? Should I try to get him into another class? School nurse reply, I’m sure you could ask to have him switched into another special for the semester, but other kids with celiac have enjoyed it and I know the teacher always buys gluten free ingredients. She was actually just down here asking which kids can’t eat gluten, because she is planning her shopping, and so many kids are saying they can’t eat it. Trust/admire school nurse. But still dread home ec.

So ask Student X (8th grader with T1d & celiac) parent, What did X do about home ec? Do you think I could use celiac to score an extra semester of woodshop? Student X mom reply, Extra woodshop would be awesome, but X really enjoyed home ec. I don’t know why exactly, but he never got sick from the food and he seemed happy.

Ask another parent, two children w. celiac, Did your kids take home ec? Do you think it is safe? That parent reply super-enthusiastic It was their favorite class! Z gets sick if she ingests even the tiniest bit of gluten, and she never got sick from home ec.

Three out of three in survey recommend home ec. Ergo home ec.

Today, Bubs rush in off bus, rosy cheeks, smiling. We made fettuccine alfredo in home ec today.

BIGFOOT: You did? (Thinking yuck.)

BUBS: It was really good!

BIGFOOT: Did you eat it?

BUBS: Yeah. Our group’s was gluten free.

BF: (Bigfoot know wrong be hater/so doubtful. Not proud. Only record this line questioning for truthiness.) But…how did you know how many carbs it was?

BUBS: I read the package.

BF: (Not proud. Truthiness.) But how did you know how much of it you were eating?

BUBS: I used a measuring cup.

BF: (NP. T.) You did? You used a measuring cup, like to scoop it into a bowl? Did everyone have to use a measuring cup to serve themselves, like for a portion control lesson?

BUBS: No, I just asked for one.

BF: (NPT) You did?

BUBS: Yeah.

BF: (NPT) You measured it with a cup and figured out the carbs and took insulin?

BUBS: Yeah. And it was soooo good!

BF: Did your whole group have gluten free pasta or just you?

BUBS: Just my group. But we let some people from other groups taste it and everyone said ours was the best.


Landmark events:

  • Uncoached, independent calculation of carbs
  • Took initiative re need to measure pasta with appropriate tool
  • Did not feel left out or ostracized due to gluten or need for measuring cup
  • Did not get sick
  • Had fun
  • I was wrong
  • Home ec = safe


  1. Larry Here · February 13, 2015

    This is my favorite post of yours, ever. I may have become moist-eyed. Total win.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Ann · February 13, 2015

    Yay! So happy to hear you were wrong but it’s alright.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Mary Margaret · February 13, 2015

    Here’s hoping! Our school makes a pin cushion and an apron before they get to food. But T talked to the teacher (his own initiative) day one of class, and she is planning GF cooking. I will still talk to her, but I was proud he took care of himself.
    Alfredo sounds tasty.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Katy · February 13, 2015

      you’d love the alfredo—it’s HEALTHY: margarine and fat free half an half


      • Mary Margaret · February 14, 2015

        Ewww! Why is anyone still using margarine? As for the half and half, well that’s the reason I haven’t had Alfredo in years.
        Kudos to B for his carb counting.


  4. type1tot · February 14, 2015

    Love this so much and want to keep in my mind as How Things Could Be so may never read another post. Ok, not really.
    Thanks, this offers hope on so many levels. Is every day like this? Why are you home? Go on vacation and leave the kids. sorry, won’t jinx, never mind last comment.


  5. Robin Jingjit · February 14, 2015

    Good for him!! I think this is prime time to be a celiac… (I’m not being one of those stupid people who say stuff about deal-a-meal. It really is so accepted now.)


  6. skchrisman · February 14, 2015

    So happy!

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Catherine Bardagy Winchild · February 14, 2015

    i love this story

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Need A Nap2 · February 14, 2015

    I’m glad your fears have been relieved (great that you had 3 people to survey). 🙂 I’m glad he’s measuring and bolusing for himself!

    Liked by 1 person

  9. gstabach · February 15, 2015

    another ‘healthy’ cooking class success! ha! congrats to B on being awesome!!!

    Liked by 1 person

  10. Karen · February 17, 2015

    I can’t even tell you how big the smile on my face was while I was reading this!! Yay yay yay!!

    Liked by 1 person

  11. shannon · February 17, 2015

    holy shit that is so freaking amazing. I am very happy for you and bubs.

    btw, I recently did the same thing where I asked several different people for their opinions on something (non diabetes related) and kept getting reassuring answers that conflicted with my internal monologue. it was emotionally taxing but with a positive outcome, as demonstrated here. thanks for letting me ME TOO you.


    • Katy · February 17, 2015

      Dying to know your something.


  12. Karen Joseph · February 19, 2015

    That is an AWESOME story! Yea! So exciting that your son took that initiative and thoroughly enjoyed himself! How lucky to have other GF kids, too!


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