We all agree that 2020 has been… trying (there are more descriptive words and phrases, but let’s leave at that). But, I just experienced an event that puts our holiday season in perfect perspective.

We just completed an adoption hearing. The adoptee is a young lady, of Pre-K age, who has been with a loving and nuturing family (mom, dad and big sister) for quite some time. Our hearing was, of course virtual, but nonetheless was attended by 20 or so family and friends. Over the course of half an hour, heart-shaped hand signs abounded, as did signs, balloons and a few tears. Our Judge indicated that it was his great pleasure to enter the Decree approving adoption.

So, for however brief a period of the hearing, kindness, love and peace prevailed. Nothing more be said.

Allan Opsitnick


Author: opsitnickslaw

Allan J. Opsitnick J.D. and B.A. Degrees, University of Pittsburgh

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