Yesterday, we took the kids to their first-ever visit to a real live candy store. Whey-Out Chocolate is located in Conyers, a short 53 mile trip from our house (one way). The proprietor, Joy, is a member of our local food allergy support group and invited us to visit her store. Despite the trek, we couldn't turn down the opportunity.
It was so much fun! The kids were a little apprehensive about tasting the free samples at first. Joy of course explained that there are no peanuts or tree nuts anywhere in her store, but it took reassurance from Brendan and me that it would be okay to touch and eat the candy. Once that little hurdle was overcome, they had no problem sampling some other treats!
We got to see the little kitchen where she makes her chocolate--peopleguy stuff, always very exciting. And a lovely chocolate sculpture of a flower in a pot. And Joy was extra sweet to the little ones, answering their questions and asking them about themselves.
Another mom and her son arrived as we were finalizing our purchase (because you know we couldn't get out of there without buying some chocolate!). There was a very sweet, amusing-yet-heartbreaking moment when the two little boys compared their Medic Alert bracelets and told everyone what the inscriptions are. Sigh. Still, it was nice for Ryan to meet another kid who has to be careful about food, who carries an Epi-pen, who wears a Medic Alert bracelet, and who was visiting a candy store for the first time, too. I really hope to get out to one of our support group's playdates soon.
After our visit, we walked around the little downtown area of Conyers. It's a cute little town (city? I don't know.). We walked through a small Japanese garden and admired the koi pond for a while. And we did a little window-shopping, too. A very nice way to spend a beautiful spring afternoon. Then it took us an age to get home due to traffic (aaahhh, Atlanta!) and emergency pit stops for drinks and the potty. Taking Ryan to the bathroom at a convenience store was such a contrast after being in Joy's store. Once he relaxed at the candy store, he was free to move around and touch things and not worry. At the convenience store, he automatically reverted back to his normal Arms At Sides, Not Touching Anything Just In Case plan. Sigh. Sweet boy.