Here is the promised picture of the Udder hat. It was fun to knit, the teats took me longer than I thought they would. I made it so we would have a strike out hat of epic embarresing proportions.
As it turns out we played out year end tournament with out a strike out. We only had one or two strike outs the entire season, so we may have to find another way to get the cows to wear the udders. We will have to figure it out next year as the season is over and the cows are out to pasture until nest year.
I am going to hop up on my soap box and vent for a minute. Here's the set up:
The kids are in soccer camp for the week with the Montessori school. PJ and Q go from 8:30 to 12:00 and Sebass goes from 8:30 to 4:30. It has been hot and unusally humid in the Loops lately.
We sent the kids to camp with juice boxes and cups for water. We sent snacks with all three kids and sent Sebass with a sandwich for lunch as well as the snacks. Paul made Sebass a PB&J for his lunch on Monday.
Nut products are not allowed at the schools these days and Paul forgot this when packing Sebass's lunch. When the kids sat down to lunch the teacher saw Sebass's sandwich had peanut butter on it and they took it away from him. Sebass ate his plum and a small package of yogurt that was also in his lunch. Sebass went on to play the rest of the day (soccer and other physical outdoor activites)
When Paul picked Sebass up at 4:30, the kid was flushed, very hot to the touch and could hardly stand up. By the time Paul got him home (5 minute drive, maybe) Sebass had goose bumps all over his body and was complaining of not feeling well. Paul got him home and into a cool bath and started him on lots of water and some electrolytes. Sebastian slept the rest of the afternoon and through the night with a 103C temperature.
Sebass was obviously suffering from heat exhaustion. I contacted the directress of the Montessori program with my list of questions: Why weren't we called to pick Sebastian up early when the child was in obvious distress? Why were we not called to provide the child with an alternate lunch? Why on earth when Paul picked up the other two kids did the teachers let Paul know that Sebass did not have enough to eat? I can't begin to tell you how upset I was.
The directress informed me that there is indeed a child in the camp who is allergic to peanuts and that is why Sebastian could not eat his lunch. I asked her why the safety of my child and importance of my child's nutrition was overlooked for another. We had this conversation in a private office adjacent to the classroom, why was Sebass not allowed to eat his lunch in the office?
I understand and respect that children have allergies. I don't understand why those children are not taught by their parents and the school system not to eat peanuts...instead the entire school has to modify their diet.
Let's not even talk about how upset I was about the heat exhaustion. The poor kid. You will be happy to know that he is doing just fine lots of rest, water and some food went a long way to make him feel better. He is enjoying soccer camp now but I check with him when I pick up the other kids to ensure he has eaten his lunch, had some water and that he is feeling up to staying for the afternoon.
Another thing that bothers me about the whole issue: Sebass was really looking forward to first grade and now that he has had so much trouble with a long day at camp he is worried about staying at school for the whole day. I explained to him that school is 2 hours shorter than soccer camp so he will be just fine.