had the privilege of attending an adoption hearing today. what an awesome thing to witness. the judge was great - funny, serious, encouraging...loving, even. you could tell he felt the weight of his authority, and also felt the joy of making a decision that would forever change a young man's life for the good. plus, it was great to see the support and love that surrounded the family.
in many ways, it was like a birth, but without the ugly hospital gowns and physical exhaustion. i have a feeling the emotional exhaustion was even higher, though, what with a several year long labor, and the child conscious of the whole event as well as the parents.