So our oldest just came home from school, and said, “Daddy! Guess what! we did paper mache today!” She held out the front of her dress, which was covered in white stuff.
“Oh cool! Wait, does paper mache have wheat? Did you use flour?”
I ordered her to the laundry room to take off her clothes and go change, and to not touch or hug her sister or anything until she was done. You see, her younger sister is allergic to wheat. She doesn’t have celiac disease, she isn’t gluten intolerant, she is allergic to wheat. She doesn’t have to eat it to have a reaction, it’s enough to just touch it on her skin, and in the case of flour, it’s easy to breathe it in as well.
That has some implications for school and any craft activities that occur there. It means that her classroom cannot have Play-Doh in it, as that’s made with flour and contains wheat. Other forms of play clay are ok. And now I guess it means paper mache will have to be made without wheat flour.
Boy, her Grade 1 teacher is gonna looove me…
The last time I bought paper, George Bush was the president, Brian Mulroney was PM, and I had a LaserWriter LS to go with my wicked Mac LCII. Unable to pass up the deal of buying a case of paper (it’s so much cheaper!) instead of just one or two packs of 500 sheets, I have as a result kept this case of paper like my own personal albatross. I’ve moved it from my parent’s house to our first rental place, to the condo, to our current house. Each time we moved I couldn’t believe that I still had paper left. I finished an undergrad, a techincal program, and a Masters without finishing that case of paper. (I guess I need to write longer papers… or more drafts…)
So this time, I got wise. Instead of buying a case of paper, I bought half a case. That’s 5 reams of 500, in case you’re wondering.