2332. Peanut butter

Ruth was the practical sort. She had no patience for those who insisted on being miserable. “Self-appointed martyrs” she called them. So when neighbour Brent developed an allergy to peanut butter, Ruth had no qualms at dismissing “such nonsense” immediately.

“Don’t fool me into thinking you went for fifty years and then suddenly out of the blue you can’t eat peanut butter. It’s all in the head,” she said.

To prove her point she made a tin of delectable chocolate and coconut balls with a surreptitious spoon or two of peanut butter in the ingredients. “Once he’s eaten it and survives,” said Ruth, “I shall tell him in no uncertain terms that this peanut butter nonsense is all in his head.”

Brent’s funeral is next Friday.

38 thoughts on “2332. Peanut butter

    1. Bruce Goodman Post author

      Ha! It is modelled on what happened to me at Christmas. Someone gave some chocolate balls thingies and I ate one unaware it had peanut butter in it and spent Xmas Eve and Day heaving my guts out (and writing the story!)

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        1. Bruce Goodman Post author

          It’s a funny allergy – it only started last year, and gets worse every time I accidentally eat peanuts – whether I know it or not. Now I don’t even like to go down the peanut/peanut butter aisle in the supermarket!

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  1. noelleg44

    Gotta believe those peanut allergies. I’ve encouraged both my kids to make sure their children eat nut butter at an early age so their immune systems will get used to it. Strange you developed an allergy later in life, but frightening. I cannot handle yoghurt.

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  2. arlingwoman

    Oy, Bruce. Be careful. If it’s worse each time, the next one could be full blown anaphylaxis. I had a colleague whose daughter just needed to be NEAR nuts to break out. I of course had given her a box of Christmas cookies full of tree nuts…and the ones without were contaminated.

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    1. Bruce Goodman Post author

      Thanks for the warning, Lisa. I had to look up anaphylaxis. The horrid part is I used to like peanut butter. Now I can’t have that or grapefruit marmalade (which counteracts the heart medication!) I am reduced to having the gorgeous antipodean Vegemite!

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