A Graduation Adventure with Food Allergies

Let me just start this off with a big shout-out and congratulations to the class of 2019! 🎉

So, about a month ago I was invited (in advance), along with the rest of my youth group, to help with the church graduation service. We would be serving the meal as a way to honor the high school graduates. And since two of my friends were in that class, I really wanted to be there.

Problem. I have severe allergies.

Well, I had a month to logically assess the situation, and I pictured this: potluck style, everyone takes turns. It took about five minutes after getting there for me to realize that wasn’t how a formal graduation dinner works. (*withers* I didn’t know, honestly.) Us four waiters/waitresses from youth group would be delivering all three courses of the meal by cart to each table. (For about forty-five people.)

I wasn’t particularly concerned until I saw the bread rolls go by (thank God it wasn’t our turn to serve).

And yet, between the rolls, the main course, and the desserts (😍), I didn’t have a reaction. Can I just say, I don’t when I’ve had such an amazing time with awesome people?

STAYING SAFE

The first thing I knew would help protect me was simply keeping my hands washed. So I did that after the first and second course.

The second was perhaps the most obvious. I brought my own food. A sandwich. To a graduation party.

Self-conscious moment? Maybe. But I was more concerned with the bread rolls being consumed on either side of where I was sitting. 😉

The main course of the meal was said to be gluten-free, but I didn’t bother trying. I was too thrilled with the success of the dinner to take a risk like that.

All things considered, it was an amazing, confidence-building three hours. My thanks to my friends for not asking about the ham-and-cheese sandwich – it was good, it really was – and congrats again to the class of 2019!

For a bit of a backstory on this, check out my post on food allergies and fear and my letter to my food allergy.

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What was a moment of victory for you? What events – good or bad – have impacted your view of your food allergy? Let’s chat in the comments!

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