Let it be known that Type 1s can have pancakes. They may eat anything they want if they inject themselves with the proper amount of insulin. But pancakes are difficult to account for, as are bagels and pizza, rice and potatoes. The glycemic index mixes with the fat content to produce a blood sugar unpredictability that I, for one, avoid when possible.
Maybe I would have forgiven JDRF for this fundraiser had it not been for our one visit to their office. At an open house, they served--wait for it--chocolate cake. And soda. And boxes of chocolates.
Once again: Type 1s can have their cake and eat it, too. Theo has desserts often. Yet an organization devoted exclusively to the management of blood sugars could maybe come up with something other than cake, chocolates and pop to serve.
I pulled out the calculator near Theo's cake, and said, half-jokingly, "You're going to tell us the carb count for this, right?"
"Ha!" the director answered. "Good luck with that."
2. Exciting Easter Crosses.
Oriental Trading Company is already advertising Easter, and each year at this time my kids and I hastily flip through their catalog to get to our favorite product: "Exciting Easter Crosses."
In a section bragging "Religious Crafts kids love," you'll find these exciting representations of Christ's crucifixion, which you can decorate with small lambs, hearts, and your name (optional).
Also holding their own in the excitement category are these products:
- Inflatable "He Lives!" Beach Balls
- "He Lives!" Footballs
- Easter Inspirational Paddleball Games
..and my personal favorite,
- Plush Long Arm Religious Gorillas
Online descriptions and names differ slightly from the catalog, but I promise you: I'm not making this up.
And, in the interest of full disclosure, I admit to buying the Exciting Easter Crosses once when my kids were really small.
Too much excitement: we never fully recovered.