A couple I know are currently in Ethiopia picking up their son — a beautiful four-year-old they are adopting. I have been seeing photos of him and hearing of his arrival for months and am quite excited for them! We all live in a small, rural town, so I’m sure I’ll be seeing them frequently. I know he doesn’t speak English yet and will likely be more than a little overwhelmed with his new living situation and experiencing winter for the first time.
As a neighbor and friend, how should I (and others in town) react when I see him? I will obviously be open and smiley, but I find myself not knowing how to act. I want to be supportive to the parents as they experience parenthood for the first time, but I’m not entirely sure where to begin.
I asked the couple and they said we can all play it by ear, but I’m wondering: are there any suggestions from parents of adopted children, particularly those who have adopted children from other countries? What was helpful to you? — Brassica