Sunday, July 20, 2008

Pop Quiz, Hotshot

1. You are in charge of a week-long event for children. The snacks have been preplanned, taking the dairy allergy of one of the children into consideration. On the last day, a family informs you that they are ordering pizza for everyone. You say:

a. "Thank you so much, but snacks for the week have already been provided. I'm sure there's another way you could contribute, though, if you'd like."
b. "Thank you, but we have a child with food allergies here. Let's talk to her mom and see if there's something we can order that's safe for her."
c. "Ok."

If you answered "c" to question 1, proceed to question 2. Otherwise, skip to question 3.

2. The mother of the allergic child hears that large quantities of the allergen are arriving for the other children to eat, and her child will not be able to participate. She asks you, the program director, about this. You say,

a. "I'm so sorry. I didn't think about that. What can I do?"
b. "I had nothing to do with it. You'll have to take it up with [family who ordered the food]."

3. The family who ordered the pizza listens to the mother's story and promptly orders a dairy-free pizza with the child's favorite topping because they:

a. are compassionate
b. are nice
c. have a son who had food allergies as a child
d. all of the above

4. You are the father of event participants, but you were not a helper during the week. You come to the snack area for food and see two pepperoni pizzas, 1/2 of a mushroom pizza, 1/2 of a sausage pizza, and a bacon pizza with no cheese. You take a piece of the no-cheese bacon pizza. A mother who is helping points out that that is the dairy-free pizza for people with dietary restrictions, like her child. You:

a. Apologize and eat the other pizzas instead.
b. Apologize and don't take more of the children's pizza.
c. Explain that bacon is your favorite topping and take another slice.

5. You are the mother of the dairy-allergic child. A grown man keeps eating pieces of the dairy-free pizza meant for your child. You:

a. Explain, again, who that pizza is for.
b. Yell at him while beating him about the head with a spatula.
c. Say, "Excuse me," wait for him to move, and stand guard over the pizza for the rest of the evening.


  1. This whole situation made me:

    a) So frustrated.
    b) So angry.
    c) Teary, because I get teary when I'm frustrated and angry.

  2. Yeah, I was trying to come off as amused, but I feel more like Monica Gellar: "I'm breezy!" "You can't SAY you're breezy." Etc.

  3. What is WRONG with people?

    Family ordering pizza: awesome
    Program Director: tool
    Grown man: tool

    Why is it that kids seem to grasp the gravity of the situation better than adults?

    I'm furious for you.

  4. What tools..I'm with LoriD.

  5. Seriously???? I mean, seriously????

  6. Uh. Dude. This was supposed to be a church function?

    Jelly has a nut allergy, so I hear ya, sista-friend. Oh the planning and the agony and the getting others to understand.


  7. NICE, fella. What is WRONG with some people?
    Still, that other family was super sweet - so there's that to think of, right?

  8. Beck--Oh, yes. And the mother of the other family witnessed the pizza-eating man, shook her head, and said, "People just don't get it."

  9. People are so rude. And ignorant. Ugh. What can you do really? I think I feel bad for that guy's kid! You know that saying about apples not falling far from the tree.

    I imagine people who are familiar with that fellow expect this sort of behavior...

  10. First, so nice to order safe pizza. But that guy? I really shouldn't be surprised!

    I must say your asnwer b to question 5 had me LOL.

  11. I didn't see an option f) Punch the man who is eating the dairy-free pizza in the throat.

    Because I would've chosen that one.