Activity time: 10 minutes
Materials for Activity
- Copy of the story "The Stolen Soup Aroma"
Preparation for Activity
- Read the story until you are comfortable presenting it.
- Optional: Make copies of the story for youth to share and read along.
Description of Activity
Youth hear a story about abundance, scarcity and greed.
Introduce the story as a traditional folktale from West Africa. Tell or read the story. Process with the following questions:
- Why do you think the neighbor was furious? Do you think she felt the poor woman did not deserve her soup's aroma?
- How did the poor woman's use of the aroma affect the neighbor's enjoyment of her soup? Do you think the neighbor enjoyed the soup more knowing that others-like the poor woman-did not have soup? What would you call that feeling?
- Have you ever experienced a situation where someone could have easily shared with someone else, but refused to, even when asked?
- What are some reasons people do not share when they have plenty? (Possible answers: they are afraid they will not have enough for themselves; they believe they have worked harder than those without and therefore they deserve more; they look down on the poor.)
- The story describes the circumstances sketchily. We do not know why the poor woman is poor or the neighbor wealthier. Does it matter?
- What message concerning abundance and scarcity do you take from this story?