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?
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.
THE (HAPPY) END
- 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