What made for an even more unusual find was the beautiful inscription on the inside page, written in July 2000.
This book was a gift to Emma Bo, an adoptive daughter from China. What is so haunting about this particular "find" is that a very personal message to this woman's daughter was left in a bookstore for more than 8 months.
So, the obvious question to be asked is, "Who is Emma Bo?"
Since May 2007, I have frequented Bay Books no less than 5 times while visiting the area, and on every one of those visits, I have pulled this book from the shelf, hoping to find a "clean" copy, without dog ears, scribbles or highlighting. However, a week ago of that all changed; I purchased this book.
The inscription from mother to her daughter says what any of us would hope to say to our adoptive children. It's the essence of pure beauty and love. I bought this book and have included it with other books on China and adoption that I have built for my own daughter. One day she will come to learn that there are others just like her, and that the love a parent has is both deep and enduring.
I have thought about Emma Bo and her mother for more than 8 months. Why did this special gift find itself on a shelf of a used bookstore? If anyone happens to know Emma Bo's mother, please convey to her that I have retrieved her book and will gladly reunite it with her, if she so desires. She can contact me at email@example.com.
(Click the picture to enlarge for easy reading of the inscription.)