So I'm gluten free. Honest to goodness nasty painful reaction gluten free. I'm fine with being gluten free. It's a first world problem that I don't give a second thought to unless I'm reading a label to make sure what I am about to eat is safe. Okay, I will admit, I do sometimes sigh wistfully (on the inside) when I see yet another tray of yummy goodness I can't eat. Especially since the office I work at is big on pastries and other treats so there is often something on the official "help yourself to the food" counter.
For the record: I don't talk about being gluten free, I mention it so people don't think I'm a snob for not eating their offered treats. Beyond that, I shut up about it. it is what it is, and I don't feel the need to make a production. That said:
It's the way other people react that is working my ever loving nerves. There are two types of reactions:
1) The over dramatic imagined victim: This person Goes on, and on, and on, and on, and on, and on (bangs head on desk) about how horrible
it is to gluten free, how it must be so tragic to not eat certain foods anymore, How "if it were me I couldn't bear it", I mean it's just so terrible
, you must suffer so much. Blah blah blah blah.
I am grateful that I have food and I am not starving. I have seen true suffering, believe a gluten allergy in a major city isn't even in the same solar system as a tragedy. I usually shrug, mumble about all the great gluten free products there are and change the subject.
2) The gloater: The ones who have to stand over me and say over and over "Wow, Auntie Mame, it's too bad you can't have any of this, it's sooooo gooood. But you can't eat it. Too bad, it's good. I mean really good." etc etc etc...
Yes, I know I can't, but gosh thank you so much for telling me how good it is and what I'm missing out on. It's also good that continually remind me I can't have gluten, because if you don't the information will just leave my fuzzy little brain.
With these people I smile, say "oh that's nice" and change the subject.
I don't know how much longer I can tolerate this, it is wearing on my last nerve. I know it's not malicious, but people need to know how incredibly annoying this is (and believe me, there are several repeat offenders).
How do I shut these comments down permanently? Bean dipping doesn't worker because the repeat offenders keep coming back. I need to ready some phrases to stop this once and for all before I say something that isn't very nice.
Also, why do people feel the need to do this? Honestly!