Just before dawn, my mother placed the box outside the largest market in Taizhou. Concealed, she stood watch until the first shopper arrived to await the store's opening.
"What a beautiful child," the woman said as she lifted me up.
On her way to the police station, holding me close, the woman thought, I should keep her. But then she remembered her own second-born daughter, abandoned in a place not so very far from here.