Hysteria over Listeria

Caring for our seniors is perhaps the greatest responsibility we have. Those who walked before us have given so much and made possible the life we all enjoy.  ~John Hoeven

Kyle is always thinking. His heart strings are connected to me and my family without a doubt.  After swimming last week we were watching the news while I re-heated the meatloaf.  On a side note, I love it that Kyle wants to turn on the news.  He likes engaging in discussions with me while watching.  I believe he is learning and processing current events.  In fact, sometimes he'll come up to me and say, "Hey Aunt Heather did you hear about" this or that.

Ronald, Rita, and Kyle Piper 2004 Idlewild Gutchess picnic
Dad, Kyle, and mom- troublesome trio! Hanging at Idlewild 2004

This past week on the news, they were talking about the listeria epidemic found in cantaloupes.  They went on to say how it was more dangerous than E Coli and salmonella.  I heard this earlier in the week but, from Kyle's ghost white expression, I could tell this was the first time he heard about listeria.

You see, my dad loves cantaloupes and recently I've seen him get on a kick of eating them all the time, at least when I saw him on the weekends.  So it was no surprise when the first person Kyle thought of was his pap pap.  He turned to me and said, "O no Aunt Heather, Pap pap loves cantaloupes!"  I said, "Yes he does, but if he was going to get sick, he would have gotten it by now."  Well, just to prove me wrong, at that exact moment the news said it could take up to a month or so for the listeria to show up.  Then I said, "Honey, that was in Colorado."  And as if on cue, they pulled up a map showing all the states that the cantaloupe was distributed.  Of course Pennsylvania was on the list and Kyle saw it instantly.  He said, "Look Aunt Heather Pennsylvania is on the list!"

Kyle grabbed my phone and said, "I'm going to call pappy to let him know."  He dialed as he spoke, showing his sense of urgency.  He got to talk to my mom and I think my dad.  That helped to put him at ease until we saw them over the weekend.

Do all children watch the news and if they do, do they understand it?  Is this common for a child to link something like this to a family member?  Maybe it's just Kyle or every kid, but I know Kyle is bright and to realize that my dad could have been affected is amazing.  Of all things, he associates my dad with eating cantaloupes.


What You Need to Know About Listeria

15 Infected With Listeria After Eating Cantaloupes

There are a lot of other articles concerning listeria.  I just grabbed a few for reference.




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