I was at the park recently when I heard a young child ask her mother why the lady in the park was picking up trash. The youngster didn’t recognize the lady as a park employee. I didn’t hear the mother’s response. I wonder what the best way to respond was. In this employment market, people who have lost their jobs are happy to secure any employment. Was the person picking up trash a former corporate executive? Was it a wife returning to work because her spouse lost a job – and any job was better than no job? Was this a teachable for the parent to talk to the child about the respect for any job well done? Was this the time to talk about the importance of education? The child appeared to be about five years old. Certainly the conversation with an older child would take a different direction. Was this a teachable moment? I would love to know what you think.