Day 12. My favorite childhood book is not your typical fairytale and knight-in-shining armor kind of book that bemuse young adults about the topic of love and happily ever after.
Mine was a book entitled, “Missing Pieces” which I think I scored from a book sale. It proudly survived three home transfers since I bought it 20 years ago and is kept safely on our bookshelf. I only read it once but I can still remember one important life lesson it gave me: Endings are closures; It doesn’t “always” have to end happily.
It was great to travel and witness Jessie’s adventures and misadventures as she trace her roots. It’s saddening how Jessie, abandoned as a child, endured the heart-breaking search for her father only to cowardly withdraw when she’s an arm away from her search.
I was still a tween when I read the book and I could still remember how heartbreaking the journey was.
I know that when I read it again today, I will be reading it from a perspective of a matured woman and I know that the emotions will be different this time. As a mom, it’s disheartening for me to witness any child to be abandoned by a parent to feel too coward to face rejection as he/she grows old.
Here’s a synopsis of the book in case you want to get a glimpse of the story.
I guess my favorite part of the book is the last part when Jessie promised to herself that when the day comes that she’ll be given a chance to speak to her father, she would say, “I just want you to know I’m related to you. I just want you to know this is who I am, and this is how I turned out.”
Enjoy reading and learning,