We headed out to the pumpkin patch with an aunt and grandma a couple weeks ago. I told the girls to make sure to get me a teal pumpkin.
They looked and looked and finally brought me a green one, declaring it as close to teal as they could find. Grandma and I had a good laugh as I explained, pumpkins themselves, obviously, only come in orange once they are ripe and that mama would paint a nice pumpkin teal to put on our porch for Trick or Treaters.
We are blessed that none of our girls have food allergies and that my food issues are only sensitivities. That is not the case for everyone For whatever reasons, food allergies are becoming more and more common, and many times can be deadly, so a while back, the Teal Pumpkin campaign started. Having a Teal Pumpkin at your house, on your porch, lets people know you have peanut/nut free items you are passing out for Trick or Treaters.
My girls have now become experts in finding the candy we can pass out with our Teal Pumpkin. Patrice was looking at each bag last night at the store, “nope, nope, nope–oh this one is nut free mommy!!”
This is our second year with a Teal Pumpkin. We have all nut/dairy free candy and a number of non-candy items to give out this year.
I want kids to have a safe, fun place the Trick or Treat. I want moms and dads to have a safe place to bring their kids for Trick or Treating.
I can’t change the world for everyone, but I can, for at least one moment, let these kids be kids and the parents breathe easier.
Survive til you Thrive!