Recently an article was written called, "In Defense of the Teal Pumpkin Project."
I honestly didn't realize that people had a problem with this awareness project until this article came out. I basically posted about the project on my Facebook page then didn't research more on it or read any comments after any of the articles written about the project. I mean, who would be so cruel as to comment about an awareness project that is helping keep kids healthy and letting parents breath a sigh of relief that their kiddo doesn't have to feel different for one FREAKING day of the year!!!
It just makes me so very sad, that people could be so heartless. The Teal Pumpkin Project isn't something anyone is forced to do, it is something people can choose to do to show support for children and families who have different dietary restrictions, who have life threatening allergies, or even just to show parents which houses have treats that have something other than pure sugar (really, who doesn't like glow sticks? Which is one suggested idea for a non-food treat. I still love them as an adult).
One of the oh-so-nice comments left: "Awareness for children with food allergies? Good Lord! What's next? Awareness for people with athlete's foot? Or maybe awareness for people with chronic diarrhea!" REALLY?! Because food allergies are on the same level as athlete's foot?! I would say I wish they could walk a mile in my shoes, in the shoes of my child, but I don't. Because I wouldn't wish this journey on anyone. It is hard, sad, lonely, and scary and I wouldn't wish it to even those that suggest that allergies are natural selection, a form of Darwin's survival of the fittest (I might punch those people but I still wouldn't wish this journey on them).
Yes, I do have a "special little snowflake" (like one mean commenter wrote) but then again, we all do! All of our children are special and wonderful. They all go through challenges in life, some more visible than others. It is our job as parents, as people, as a community to help lift each other up and support each other, no matter what. I am so tired of people not understand how hard it can be to be so isolated and that just a tiny bit of kindness, of consideration, of inclusion can make a WORLD of difference.
I am the mother two wonderful and Rare children and am honored to be the step mama to two awesome teenagers.