Friday, March 25, 2011

Lick the Bowl

Life is good when you can lick the bowl
This picture was taken three years ago around the time Ari, my son,was diagnosed with food allergies to eggs, nuts and yes...citrus.  Though he has thankfully outgrown citrus (because it's the biggest pain to deal with) we still deal with egg and nuts.  I am calling this blog, Lick the Bowl, because licking the bowl is a rite of passage for most of us.  We usually have fond childhood memories of licking the bowl, eventhough we knew the risks of raw eggs and did it anyway. For the most part, I don't remember anyone getting salmonella poisoning, but then again, I don't remember food allergies either.

Over the years, the whole licking the bowl thing has become tabu and fearful and that's just sad. I mean what's the point of baking a cake or cookies and then not even enjoy the goopy batters of your labor.  If Ari  could eat the bowl, he would.  He basically sticks his whole head in the bowl and laps it up like a golden retriever!

It's a simple pleasure of life, because nothing tastes better than vanilla batter or chocolate chip cookie dough.  But even more importantly in the food allergy means that you can be like everyone else. You can have your eggless, nutless cake and eat it too, and in some respects, it probably tastes better.

At the end of the day, licking the bowl is about appreciating the things we sometimes take for granted. And while small insignificant things may not mean that much to you, it can mean the world to being able to lick the bowl.

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