Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Outside America...

Some of the American spoiled-kid syndrome is merely a by-product on ignorance. Our kids can be spared some of the sydrome simply by being educated about how people in other parts of the world live. We don't have to get preachy and give the proverbial sermon about starving kids in Africa ever time they don't want to finish their brussel sprouts. Instead, just showing them what it is like outside of America, without any commentary from us, will help them. We are enjoying reading a book called Star of Light by Patricia St. John. It is the story of a little boy who takes his 2 yo sister and runs away. The sister is blind and the step father wants to sell her to a beggar who is moving away. It takes place in Morocco in the Muslim world. The kids struggle to survive until they meet a Christian nurse who takes in street children. Before we sat down to read the book the other night, I showed them these pictures from Ethiopia to think about as we read the story:

Below is what Beth referred to as the wealthier part of town:

1 comment:

Lynn Marie said...

Everything you wrote is so powerful. I am going to look into that book you are reading.