Sharing

Parents who bring their toddlers to public places like libraries and beaches tend to make a big show, when their child inevitably purloins another kid’s toy and starts playing with it, of encouraging their own child to share and be nice and let the kid who had been chewing, for example, on the plastic toy horse to continue chewing on it until such time as she tires of it and only then can their kid savor that same horsemeat. But kids aren’t stupid, even if they can’t talk. They see these same parents tuck their own individual wallets into their own pockets and purses and drive their private cars home to houses full of things that are theirs and no one else’s. In other words, they hardly see their parents share, and when the horse is pulled from the offender’s mouth, the lips curve more in confused recognition than anger.