Yes, this was the subject of my daily am car ride conversation with my youngest yesterday morning. And you’re probably asking yourself how these two things could possibly be related. So I guess I’ll tell you 😉 – We started talking about things that make us afraid (she read my post about the Headless Horseman); and she said at least I “wasn’t like the lady who was more afraid of peanut butter sandwiches than she was of nuclear radiation”. I confess I was a bit perplexed about this at first; after all, a nuclear accident can potentially kill thousands and injure hundreds of thousands. So why wouldn’t someone be more afraid of that than a pb sammie?
Then, I remembered having to do the Heimlich maneuver on one of my non-verbal clients about 15 years ago. He choked on a peanut butter sandwich and passed out, as he had no way to tell us he was choking. The Heimlich works, by the way. Jill also brought up that many people are allergic to nuts. Peanut butter can actually kill someone with a sensitivity to nuts. And, chances are greater that a person would come in contact with a peanut butter sandwich – as opposed to nuclear radiation.
So in a very strange way, it actually does make sense to be more afraid of that seemingly innocuous sandwich… I always thought there was something vaguely sinister about that Mr Peanut fellow. Another unusual morning conversation at Hacienda del Chaos. (or at least, in the driveway) Too much thinking, and not enough coffee…
- Boom in food allergies driving physicians nuts (theage.com.au)