When I was little the K-Mart in the mall had a chicken game that would bock, bock, bock and drop out an egg if you put in a quarter. A quarter! and inside the egg there was a toy, ever the mystery, this chicken would call to us from across the mall.
But we were never allowed to ask.
If we asked there was no egg to be had.
For someone like me, a perpetual line stepper, not asking was the hardest thing in life!
Needless to say there were very few times that we actually received an egg from the damn chicken.
But when we did it was a sweet moment of child meeting chicken, chicken hatching egg, and egg coming home to be lost amongst the junk.
A love story.
I wanted the same for my daughter.
Unfortunately she will never be able to experience the chicken because there isn’t a K-Mart in Canada anymore but also because of her peanut allergy.
Since finding out that she was allergic to peanuts we have discouraged her from touching or being near the candy machines in the malls or stores because we don’t know if they have contained peanuts prior to the candy they hold now or if the candy inside them now contains nuts.
It’s an ongoing battle.
There is no information on the outside of a candy machine to tell a parent what the candy contains so a child with an allergy doesn’t get the opportunity that a child without an allergy would have.
Its a small thing, but it matters to a child who has so many other treats, opportunities, games, and trips taken away because of their allergy.
Some things that we have done in order to make the trips to the store easier is:
1. Explain that the contents of the machines is unknown and may harm her
2. If she has been good and would be deserving of a treat buy a peanut free one from the store instead of the machine
3. Bring suckers with us
4. Continue to explain regularly the dangers of the machines and peanuts in them so that when she’s older she doesn’t put money in and take something from them.
What are some suggestions you have?
How do you deal with the candy machines and your child’s allergy?