I know it’s just for laughs. I know you like to be a little bit controversial and get a reaction from people. Usually I try to let these things go. Usually I try to roll my eyes at the ignorance and move on.
But this Father’s Day I want to ask you – what if it were your child?
Let’s say you take a flight together, first class of course. There might be free Champagne but it’s not enough to take away the knot in your stomach, the inherent fear of travelling with a nut allergy.
Let’ say you have researched the airlines carefully to find one that is happy to make an announcement about their nut allergy. Then you cross your fingers. Cross your fingers that people listen, that people have the respect to put away the nuts for a few hours.
But there’s always one. Always one that thinks it’s ‘their right’. Perhaps they saw a sketch on TV that perpetuated their self-serving beliefs.
So your child starts to react.
For the record, they wouldn’t ‘blow up like a big frog’. They would most likely struggle to breathe, gasp for air and stare at you with a look of terror. Their innocent eyes and lips might swell so you can barely recognise them. They may be violently sick as their body tries to purge the poison from their system.
Hopefully you have an adrenaline injector with you. Hopefully you can hold your child down and stab them in the leg with a sharp needle. Hopefully it works.
That night, in hospital, you feel lucky the plane was able to divert and make an emergency landing. You feel lucky that your child is sleeping next to you. Still alive.
You turn on the TV to find something funny to watch, to relax and try to forget the horrors of the day.
And you find a well known comedian making fun of the life-threatening condition that almost killed your child, just to get a quick laugh with some cheap comedy.
So you roll your eyes at the ignorance, hold your child closer and hope they never have to know what it really feels like.
Happy Father’s Day.