I was visiting with my brother and his family and we went out to a “Chinese” restaurant chain for lunch. As we were dealing with the quasi-Asian menu (Pad Thai in a Chinese restaurant?) a woman walked by with the child now in her care. The girl was from China, and the mother was wearing a “Chinese” silk jacket. I stared at her, and I felt compelled to tell her something, but I didn’t know what that might be, and I didn’t dare actually let something out of my mouth, for fear of what I might actually say.
This has happened a lot while I’ve been visiting in the States, and sometimes it is an older adopted child that I feel like speaking to. Are we allowed to speak in such instances? Why or why not? What might we say? Has anyone ever spoken up in such a situation?