“It sounds so harsh when it’s in writing like that,” I said to my husband.
“Well, sometimes you get what you ask for, don’t you?”
Sometimes you get what you ask for. Several months ago, I wrote a letter to our church requesting a change in our children’s snack policy. There are a lot of issues facing our children, but here is one you can take control of. Don’t bury your head in the sand thinking you can’t make a difference. Food colorings, sugar, preservatives, and refined flour products are not good for us and our children.
They may whine and fuss, but we bring home the groceries. I’m sorry, if you were a parent who washed (maybe you sterilized) the pacifier off when it fell on the floor, you are so accountable now. (Mine just got the dirt popped back in, especially the first one. She was so noisy.)
The church’s reply to my letter:
The nursery will have its own policy.
As a fun-loving mom, I feel horrible about being the movement behind this decision. As a doctor who is aware of our skyrocketing childhood obesity, food allergy, and inflammatory problems, I feel at peace. As a God-fearing woman, I know we are to take care of this fragile, yet hardy (or is it hardy, yet fragile), vessel of ours.
Thank you church, for responding.
It’s not about low-fat. Low-calorie. Vitamin C. Fiber. It’s about whole foods. Real foods. And watching for food intolerances.
I would be happy if you took my letter and made it your own to implement change for your child.
Sincerely with my whole heart,
Don’t Make Me Sick: Raising Food Allergy Awareness
Poisoned at Church (Frustration with all the candy at church)
Poisoned at Church, Sequel (A letter requesting change)
The Sunday Scoop, Asking for Change in Church’s Snack Policy (6/30/13) (First response to letter)
Posts in the Draft Bin: How I try to stay on the wagon and a great zucchini recipe.