What if nature had turned the tables? What if Russia had been the last surviving Superpower? What if it was the Western economy that hadn’t survived and the United States had loaded orphanages with children? What if it were Russians adopting children from the United States? If such were the case, how would people in the United States react when their economy improved? And how would a Russian family feel if adoptions from the United States were banned? Perhaps, in a parallel world, shoes are on the other feet. And if so, maybe the parallel world could help both sides to better understand the other. Picture a Russian born version of me and a U.S. born version of my daughter, Sarah, as you read this short story. After, I hope that you have some empathy for the Russian point of view, even if, like me (and especially Sarah), you still don’t agree.
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