For a while he didn't even want to try eating out at a restaurant, let alone a fast food restaurant. But I was desperate to have somewhere to go and eat that was quick, affordable, and gave me a night off from the kitchen. I started researching some of our local chains and the smaller local restaurants in our downtown area. I found two fast food chains that were safe and a great little brewery downtown also had a few dishes that were safe.
Some of his coworkers were just plain insensitive about his situation. They didn't care where he could and couldn't eat and he was excluded from pretty much every meeting luncheon after his food allergy diagnosis. His friends in the squadron were great though. They still invited him to lunch and offered to go to a place that was safe for him. That one little gesture meant a lot and showed him who was still truly a friend.
With his new job, in a new town, with a whole different group of restaurants there aren't as many choices unfortunately and it's the same story all over again. The monthly division meetings usually end in a group luncheon that he has to pass up because the restaurants just aren't safe.
This past month though we were both pleasantly surprised when someone suggested having their meeting in the next town over and having their lunch at a restaurant that was safe for my husband to eat at. Such a small gesture, but for him to feel included in the group lunch and to be a part of the conversation was huge.
It's hard to explain to someone who doesn't have a close family member or friend with food allergies, but that little act of kindness is a big thing to someone who can't eat just anywhere. That you sacrificed eating at your favorite restaurant so that they could be included will definitely be noticed and appreciated.