The comfort of being able to eat everything was always SO appreciated by us all - something most of us could not do with our own family holiday celebrations - at least not to that extent. It is not always easy for many of us to communicate the strict needs to those closest to us - or to have family willing to go out of their way - or for us to accept others going out of their way - or.....
But oh how nice it would be for others to understand and to realize the importance of their understanding and of how small changes can make these meals enjoyable for even those of us with food allergies and intolerances.
It was for this reason that I wrote 'Adam'. Its hard to explain our diet to family and friends (for many of us). And most aren't going to explore the internet or read a pamphlet, or . . . (although there are some amazingly great and supportive friends and families out there, for sure.)
I wrote 'Adam' to reach far more people than I could reach with the support group - To help gluten free kids (and adults) by helping the important people in their lives understand gluten free, just by reading a simple 'children's book'. The story follows Adam through classroom events: birthday celebrations, Halloween party / pizza party, Thanksgiving celebration; events he faces with a smile (for the most part). But it also shows how being left out can bring him down; how smelling foods he cannot eat is not always so easy - creating empathy (hopefully) in the reader. It helps the reader understand cross contamination and the fact that small changes can have a big impact on the person with food intolerances.
The holidays are coming up. I hope Adam is able to help you help your family and friends understand gluten free.