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November 21, 2012

Chris’s parents are visiting us for the holidays.

His mom is on a restricted diet — no gluten, no dairy, no eggs, no soy, and, worst of all, no chocolate. I can make enough food that we can all eat well for a few weeks. I’m sure I’ll lose weight.

Here’s what I’m thinking about.

How much do we all take for granted, being healthy. Being able to eat cheese, or bread, or (best of all!) cheese melted on bread. Fondue, the cheese kind and the chocolate kind. Of course I am happy to accommodate her dietary restrictions. I remember being intolerant to all kinds of foods when I was on chemotherapy or, worse, pregnant.

The thing that’s killing me is how much she appreciates it. From my point of view, of COURSE I will bend over backwards to meet her food needs. From her point of view, it’s a huge deal.

I think it’s a generational change in how we treat people with differences.

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  1. Scott permalink

    I think there always have been and probably always will be many people who are too focused on their own problems/wants/needs to show concern or feeling for others. Fortunately, you are not one of them.

  2. Kip permalink

    I’ve been eating the same way as your mil for a year – and I feel so much better. I actually do no grains at all, so I rely on things like coconut and almond flour. Banana pancakes and pizza crust are two favorites around here. Search ‘Paleo recipes’ and you should be in business. I’d be happy to send you a few of our staple recipes

    It’s nice to see you posting again. I enjoy your writing. Happy holidays.

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