I received this letter right around the time I was leaving for Italy.
At first glance, I admit the number on the bill took me by surprise. Turned out that a thousand Lire equaled about 75 cents in US money. Hey, I know...it's the thought that counts. Then as I held it closer, I smiled a little, and marveled at the drawing of a mother helping her son with his homework.
It all looked so...normal.
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