To Fake or Not to Fake?

Perhaps it’s human to second guess what we’re told. We’re a curious species who have been taught to question authority. I know I’m guilty of it. When I was young, my mother feigned a cat allergy just so she wouldn’t have to clean a cat box. How do I know this? Because later in life, she became a cat lady, her debilitating allergy forgotten. So I understand a little side eye when people say that they have allergies.

Sometimes it feels as if others have acquired new food allergies that often pair up with the latest fad. Is this real? How is it that, all of a sudden, so many people are now allergic to gluten? Or lectin? What’s a lectin? How can people be allergic to things that we didn’t even know existed a decade ago?

It can be off-putting to hear someone prattle off at the dinner table about what they can and cannot eat. Especially when you shared a pizza with them a month ago. Or having to haul your sweet kitty cats into the spare room when Aunt Brenda comes over, even though you have NEVER seen her have an allergic attack.

On the other hand, we must remember to be kind and compassionate to others. Whether a friend, acquaintance, or loved one has real or perceived to be real allergies, it is important to respect others’ wishes. At the end of the day, that’s what’s important. Maybe Aunt Brenda doesn’t have a true cat allergy. Maybe she just detests cats. Or, she could break out into hives if she’s in the same room with Whiskers, and because she’s so vigilant about getting the cats into the spare room every time she comes over, she’s saved herself from the misery and you from witnessing it.

Next time you question someone’s honesty about allergies, just take a moment and breathe. It’s not your body nor is it your fight. Trust that that person knows what they’re doing, and enjoy your pizza with extra gluten with lectin toppings.

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