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Just some words of advice for you today. If your husband insists on doing something with the bushels (that may be a slight exaggeration) of habanero peppers from the garden, and he preps them and chops them, and lays them out on a cookie sheet in the freezer overnight, do not forget about this when you ask you not yet 2-1/2-year-old daughter to put something away in the freezer for you. She will be immediately drawn to the beautiful orange candy-like bits and promptly put one in her mouth. And it will take you a minute to realize exactly what has happened. As she has surely swallowed said HABANERO pepper there will be no proof of exactly what happened. She will start coughing and looking confused, like she knows something's not right. And she will grab at her mouth and look very sad. And she inevitably will rub her eye before you've remembered to wash her hands. And she will tell you her eye hurts and her mouth hurts. And you will call poison control. And they will be lovely and reassuring. And then your daughter will voluntarily go take a nap on the couch for an hour-and-a-half (which she NEVER does). And you will worry and worry and worry. And because the habanero pepper eating takes place just as dinner is ready to be served, you will wake her up from her nap at 7:30p.m. and take her to Culver's for ice cream. Just to make sure she's really okay. If she refuses the ice cream or it doesn't boost her mood, you will then take her to the emergency room. But she does eat it, and it does make her feel better. And it helps ease your guilt just a little. And in the end, it is a good excuse to go get ice cream.