Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Upwardly Mobile: Celebrating

Upwardly Mobile, adjective.
1. Advancing or likely to advance in economic and social standing

What could upwardly mobile mean to the Christ-follower? It is a means to shift my eyes from Pinterest towards God's workings in this world. A deliberate exploration of what it means to be a 20-30 something in suburbia and also a child of God. Because Jesus gives me my identity and status as a child of God.

What is a celebration without food?

When we chose readings for our wedding ceremony, Revelation 21 made the list for sure. When I think about living with the end in mind, it means starting with the picture of eternity that God gives... then living like a child who is looking forward to that day each day. Weddings, births, life-long friendships, and occasions worth celebrating all dimly reflect that Revelation marriage feast, which will be much, much better. Some Christians don't drink alcohol or dance while waiting for that day; I celebrate any time when I catch glimpses of God's reign and what that feast will be like. Having a glass of wine with a friend who has reached a milestone and is celebrating God's work in her life seems like one form of a sacred communion.

What if food is dangerous?

Our son, Evan, has a food allergy to egg. His skin scratch tests at 12mo and 19mo were very positive within five minutes and he has an Epi-pen prescription. I can count on one hand the number of times we've eaten out as a family since this diagnosis; everything in our pantry and fridge is safe for him to eat. I like a challenge in the kitchen, and we've successfully found healthy alternatives or made substitutions to favorite recipes (except waffles, poor Nick).

The reality of Evan's allergy has shifted my perspective. Most recently, I decided that all of our Halloween candy and give aways would be allergy-friendly for any kid. This meant: no milk, egg, peanut, tree nut, wheat, soy, gluten, etc. The only ingredients that could be a problem are the food dyes, high-fructose corn syrup, and massive amounts of sugar without fat or fibre to regulate absorption. Reading all those candy labels was an education! Even if the ingredients listed are safe, many candies are produced in the same factory... leading to cross-contamination. Gotta read the label. Here are some safe candies:
Smarties
Skittles
Starburst
A bag of spider rings, 40 for $1

We'll hold some back to switch out with our kid's candy stash.

Would you consider some non-food handouts for young children, and kids who have allergies?

2 comments:

  1. So sorry to hear that Evan has food allergy to egg. I love that you went out of your way to hand out allergy friendly stuff for Halloween. :)

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  2. It can be difficult to travel with allergies - thank goodness Evan can eat any fruit or veggie! Statistically, he had about a 40% chance of inheriting this allergy since his grandma had an egg allergy among others when young. We're hopeful that he'll out grow it.

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