New Day, New Year
For my daughter Lily, a food allergy survivor, a New Year is simply a new day. Yes, it comes with the excitement of a new beginning, but the point of view of life remains the same. Avoid nuts everywhere, at all times. Take care everywhere, at all times.
This kind of vigilance might seem a stressor to someone who has not assimilated this “practice” into daily life, but in fact, this awareness brings comfort and safety and ease.
Lily has learned that her nimble body will carry her to experiences where she will both glow and fade. As she has grown from being afraid of nuts to being aware of where they are as she moves through life, she has developed a hungry curiosity of mind. The same eyes that scope the territory for nuts allow her to see the pleasure in nature that surrounds her. The heart that once closed with mistrust of food has cracked open to allow more light in and more light out.
New Year’s for food allergy kids and their families is indeed a time for celebration and optimism. We are tested daily. Each day we pass the test is a day that wakes us up to gratitude. It is also a day for remembrance. To remember, we must turn sideways and look behind us a little and then look forward a little. Our allergy brothers and sisters are both behind us and in front of us. We are pearls in a chain.
Before. Despite. Because of. During.
This day, this year, may we reimagine together and find a rhythm together that allows us to dance safely in the wide open space of life. Happy New Day Year.
Love to all,
Father and Co-Founder