There's a rule in the orphanage - you don't ever throw away food. If you don't want it or, for some reason cannot eat it, you force feed it to someone smaller than you.
The littler kids don't mind. Somehow they know that it helps keep them alive.
On this side of things, Nathan gets really stressed and upset if you take food from him (like when you can tell he's just playing with it and no longer eating it). If he can dispose of it on his terms, however, he's OK.
As part of the "Circle of Life" or something, we have two little furry 4-legged creatures that fill the "these are who you give your scraps to" category. Nathan's already figured out that, although he's the only child in this house right now, the two doggies are more than willing to take whatever he wants to throw at them - literally!
It's so fun to see him eating and not gorging himself. It's amazing to watch him giggle has he throws bits to the dogs from his booster seat.
He ate his breakfast this morning (well, his FIRST breakfast) with one hand tightly clutching the ribbons on the balloons he was given at the airport last night.