Scarlett Perry is allergic to a long list of foods, including basics such as dairy, eggs, and nuts. And because her allergies are so severe (read: they've resulted in multiple hospital stays in the past), the 10-year-old is pretty darn scared of trying new foods. Who could blame her?
Because of her sometimes-crippling allergies, 10-year-old Scarlett typically eats nothing more than two slices of white toast for breakfast every morning — which, as you can imagine, gets pretty boring. Thankfully, though, Scarlett's dad wasn't about to let his daughter's allergies get her down.
In an effort to boost his daughter's spirits, British musician and father of two Adam Perry started using his daughter's two pieces of toast, some soy butter, and a little bit of syrup "glue" to create mini works of toast art every morning. The only tools he uses are a sharp scalpel, a cutting board, and his signature blue and green plates, and with the help of his wife, Helen, he comes up with a new subject for his sculptures each morning.
Perry has created more than 300 toast sculptures so far, ranging in subject from mundane things like dentist's chairs and wristwatches to more extraordinary characters such as animals, ballerinas, and even former U.S. President Barack Obama.
The best thing to come from Perry's creativity, though? It's helping Scarlett to shake some of her fears about trying new foods.
"It's actually had a fairly positive effect," her father told TODAY. "She will try new things now, and has eaten out in restaurants a lot this year. Normally we bring her meal with us, but now she's prepared to try new stuff within her boundaries."
Aside from making his daughter happy, Perry's works of toast art have also generated a following online: He created an Instagram account called @2slicesoftoast to showcase his daily creations, and the account now has more than 13,500 followers. Perry says that he also has a book, greeting cards, and several commissioned projects in the works.
"It's taken on a shape we never dare dreamed it would," he said.
All we can say is this: You're one lucky little lady to have such a cool dad, Scarlett!