A funny comment from Zoe, as we were looking for a gift bag for my mom's birthday present yesterday (Happy 70th Birthday, Mimi!). My mom is from France.
After looking at EVERY SINGLE ONE in the store, Zoe said, "Well, I like the black and white one, but THIS one is from her culture." She pulled out the bag with the Eiffel Tower on it.
I admit, I found this hysterically funny. Only a child of transcultural adoption would say this! Of course, I didn't let on to Zoe that I found her comment amusing. I just complimented her on a great selection!
As difficult as it can be for transculturally adopted children to mediate cultural conflicts, it has a benefit that I wish would extend to all children -- sensitivity to culture and difference.