Today is a momentous occasion for Ainsley - the first time I've allowed her to buy a food item from the school cafeteria. I never thought this would happen, but thanks to the encouragement of her teacher, whom I trust very much, we are giving it a go.
It all started a few weeks ago when Ainsley won a "good spirit" award for her class. As a reward, she (like every other kid who wins it) got a token for a free ice cream at lunchtime (every Friday the cafeteria serves ice cream). Her teacher called me that morning and asked if it would be okay if Ainsley cashed in her token for a popsicle, because the cafeteria had one kind of popsicle that had no milk or other allergens in it, and another child at the school who was also milk-allergic had previously had one with no problem. I took a deep breath and said "Yes," both nervous about what could happen and excited that Ainsley would get to try something new.
Thankfully, she had no reaction to the popsicle, and loved being able to eat it while her friends ate ice cream. So the teacher suggested that I allow her to buy one every Friday (have I mentioned yet how much I love her teacher? She truly cares about Ainsley). Today is the first day we've done it. I sent a dollar in her lunch bag and emailed the teacher to ask her to make sure Ainsley got the right popsicle and knew how to pay for it. Lunchtime is almost over now, and I've gotten no phone calls, so I am assuming everything went fine. I am so happy she's able to participate in the normal lunchtime routine in this small way.