Bring on the cookies

I was so enamored that our little local paper’s front page is reporting that Brooks Elementary School says no to cakes and cookies until I thought … Brooks Elementary School has banned delicious baked goods?

It’s not enough that federal law has outlawed bake sales due to highly fatty or caloric sweets. How do you cook all those goodies without throwing in a handful of fat and sugar in the mix? Anything less would taste like cardboard, and I’m not bidding on a gingerbread house made to taste like wood.

Where are the days when we could take a nap on a towel, taste a little white paste with that handy applicator brush, or breathe deeply into the freshly mimeographed papers our teacher would hand out (I thought it smelled like coleslaw). Did any of those practices result in reduced life-spans of Baby Boomers?

I realize allergies exist. I have a cousin that was allergic to everything while growing up. He had to take shots when he was a kid and couldn’t run around without throwing up for some strange reason. He avoided most things, but that didn’t affect the good times experienced by those around him. Ultimately, he outgrew the allergies.

My daughters were educated in the Coweta County school system and little do I remember about outlawed pastry products. Heck, I remember slinging hot dogs and hamburgers at the concession stand during EC games without the use of sanitary gloves or face masks. Thousands of spectators enjoyed the food without the need of an ambulance being dispatched.

What’s next, “Goody-Free Zone” signage in front of the schools?

May I suggest a little less panic and over reaction. Let moms be moms and kids be kids. If 90 percent of the kids are allergy-free, then I say bring on the cookies and milk.

W.J. Butcher


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