Global awareness. Compassion. Gratitude. These were the intended lessons to the discussion.
We were talking about how some children in the world get their food by digging through garbage. Families wait at the city dump for the next load to come in then race the birds for the choicest scraps. I was hoping that somehow I could convey the seriousness of this issue to my then-3-year-old.
Me: How would you like it if you had to find your food out of the compost?
3-year-old: I would NOT like it!
3-year-old: Because I don’t like rotten food! . . . or soup.