Well meaning gifts?
Some gifts are well meant but are not safe. Iím not talking about the ones you can keep for another occasion.
How do you handle it? I've run into this problem many times and have dealt with it various ways depending on the situation, how well I know the person, how I'm feeling at the time. Recently I've been thinking about this and did I handle them properly. If we donít speak up, the cycle repeats itself.
Situation 1 Ė I gave some pyrex glass pie plates away on Freecycle. The recipient brought a bag of homemade Sweet potato buns as a thank you. I explained as kindly as I could that I was not able to eat them. My thinking was that it was better for her to keep them than that they go to waste since I couldnít think of where I could take them in the following couple of days.
Situation 2 Ė My Weavers Guild has Soup Days where we volunteer for soup, bread/rolls and dessert. Non celiacs say something is gluten free. Even though it appears to be GF, I donít know the source of ingredients or the possiblilty of cross contamination. What is their kitchen like or are the ingredients from a bulk food bin? They get offended if I ask questions, so in this scenario, I just donít eat it and let the others enjoy it. It seems such a shame though when they have made the effort but it is not edible by celiacs.
Situation 3 Ė Long ago I learned to cope with family situations. Having been gf for more than 30 years, they all know I am a celiac and either are very considerate or ignore the fact and make minimal or no efforts. Thatís life. I can only laugh at the fact that my middle (3 yrs younger) sister is a nurse and figured I was doing it for attention. She even said one time that I couldnít be a celiac because I wasnít sick like a co-worker at the hospital. Well, yeah, Iíve been gf for 31 years so I guess not!
What would you do in these situations? Any thoughts, suggestions, the need to vent or to say thanks?
ps: re situation # 2 - I always carry my own lunch and include soup on soup days. Often I will explain to the person next to me about kitchen/cross contamination issues if they mention the the food (either mine or what is proivided)
Edited by: GFNOMAD at: 1/17/2012 (01:05)
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