Your experience of friendship depends on the people you meet. We will all have our stories and we will all, at some point, be disappointed and sickened by racism. But racism should not choose our friends for us.
Children have an incredible capacity to care, to give and to empathize from a very young age. It has nothing to do with pity. An instinct for justice comes naturally to a young child, who is free from skepticism, prejudice and doubt.
Sunday was World Food Day and for many parents, our daily food challenge might be more on the order of getting our little ones to eat broccoli. I've found some simple strategies that help raise awareness about the world and also can nurture more adventurous eaters.
While we live in comparatively great comfort, look at the disruption in our lives when it's so hot, even just by a few degrees. This makes me think about what those families are going through in Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia.