I just read an article which shows the viewpoints of two teenagers after being adopted (years earlier) from Eastern Europe. The insight is RIGHT ON, from everything I've read and heard in the past, from the acquisition of language, to the feelings of worthlessness. No doubt, despite our children's special needs and institutional delays as well as developmental delays, our children still thought/think much like these two typically developing girls did.
A little bit of mercy goes a very long way. A good reminder of why it's so important for us to be patient with our children, though often times it's that very patience that is the HARDEST thing to find!
I hope you'll take the time to read this, especially if you know someone that was adopted internationally.