April Journeywoman visited Guilin and Yangshou in
China. On one stop I encountered an absolutely charming
mother carrying her equally charismatic tiny son
on her back. I'm positive that that little guy was
flirting with me. I asked if I could photograph
them and the mom agreed. With a bit of English and
sign language she asked if I would please send her
the photo and gave me the card from her husband's
shop so I would have the mailing address. I returned
home and then could not find the card. I felt terrible.
June I received a tip from a woman called Trysh
living in Tianjin, China who wrote, 'I'd like your
readers to know that I found a great guide in the
Guilin/Yangshuo (Li River area). Lee is terrific
and she will take you anywhere you want and really
personalize your tour. Her English is good and she
will go that extra mile for you. She did for me,
bringing my leather jacket to me after I left it
in the hotel. You can email her at: firstname.lastname@example.org
in June, on a whim I sent an email to Lee, the Chinese
guide I had heard about. It said, 'I wonder if you
can help me. I was in Yangshou a few months ago
and took a photograph of a mother and son. This
family runs a shop on the main tourist shopping
street. The husband was designing bracelets when
I was there. I'm enclosing a copy of the photo.
Do you recognize these people? Can you help to find
their mailing address?
July 2nd I received an email from Lee, the Chinese
guide. She wrote, 'Dear editor; last time after
I recieved your email I took the photo you send
me went to Yangshuo. looking for the mother and
son one by one store, finally I found the store.
but the mother and son not there. I only met her
husband after I show the photo to him. He said his
wife and son had gone hometown. As you request I
got the business card. Note; If recieve this email
please reply. thank for your help'.
July 8th, Vicky, my Bank of Montreal customer service
representative in Toronto wrote a message in Mandarin
to mom and son for me. She had trouble with translating
one word so she called her sister, Vanessa. Vanessa
faxed the needed word and we were home free. We
included the message along with an 8 X 10 copy of
the photo. I know it will make that mom in Yangshou
very happy. Here are the two photos for everybody
in our network to enjoy.