Who says law can’t create joy? This story from the Dallas Morning News warmed my heart: a 92-year-old woman adopted the 76-year-old woman who she had raised as her daughter (they are cousins) in a Texas courtroom, where the judge replace the usual teddy bear gifts with elegant orchids to mark the occasion. Dallas Morning News columnist Steve Blow takes it from there.

Said new mom Muriel Clayton of her decision to adopt: “I’m a jigsaw puzzle person. And it’s so wonderful when you snap that last piece in place and have a beautiful picture. This is the last piece of my puzzle.”

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