THE KID AND THE LAMB
On his Treppenwitz blog, writer David Bogner, who lives in Israel, began a debate about children’s views of the meat they eat: “A few days ago, our 14-year-old daughter, Ariella, asked me if she could take a day trip with a friend to a farm not far from where we live.
“The reason for the trip was to see a lamb being slaughtered, inspected for kosher certification… and then roasted so those in attendance could enjoy a nice meal.
“I was conflicted. In the end, I told Ariella she could go to the farm but I was holding my breath all afternoon. When I saw her that evening, I asked how her trip to the farm had been, and was relieved to hear her immediately launch into a detailed and enthusiastic description of what she’d seen.
“While she related the process of checking the animal for evidence of disease and/ or internal injuries (to make sure it was both healthy and kosher), she admitted that it was ‘kinda gross’ seeing the animal’s head ‘staring at her’ from a few feet away.
“And she also admitted that she could have done without seeing the lamb’s lungs being inflated (to check for holes that would indicate a particular type of disqualifying internal injury that would render it non-kosher).
“But apparently when they started roasting the tender, fatty meat over an open fire… all squeamishness seems to have vanished.
“In short, Ariella enjoyed herself immensely.” bogieworks.blogs.com/ treppenwitz Comments on the blog: “I watched with amusement the expression on my son’s face when he suddenly realised that the name for the chicken that runs around going cluck-cluck, and the name for food on his plate, were not only one and the same, but that both were referring to the same animal. It was pure astonishment and wonder, and perhaps a bit of shock.
“My wife thought I traumatised him, but after he finished the BBQ wings and legs, I had no concerns at all. — JDMDad