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Dear Prudence: Help! I Can’t Believe My Son’s Friend Fed Him Indian Food Without Calling Me First

Melanie Wong | Aug 11, 202009:09 PM     11

"A: At the risk of taking the bait, you must realize that millions of people (presumably both of Neil’s parents, not to mention Neil himself) regularly eat lentils and vegetables as children in perfect safety. There’s something so grotesque about the infantilizing language of 'gently informing someone'—especially when that someone is 'two doctors'—about 'small tummies,' coupled with the racist horror that your 9-year-old ate and enjoyed a few servings of chicken curry, one of the world’s most popular and adaptable dishes. Not all curries are spicy, and not all spices pack heat; your son ate a meal he enjoyed (one you didn’t have to prepare or clean up after ) and continued to enjoy good health for the rest of the evening. Neil’s parents didn’t take him to a ghost pepper festival and turn him loose. Your kid was not endangered by chicken curry, and your problem is not one that Neil’s parents can fix for you. Take your wife’s advice and let this go."

Help! I Can’t Believe My Son’s Friend Fed Him Indian Food Without Calling Me First.

“My wife says to drop it because any conversation will look racial in nature.”

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