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Un bambino, e basta!

By Stella Tillyard   July 2000

I have come back to Florence for a month, from Chicago, and my son is going to a nursery school run by some of the local nuns. After a few days he comes home able to intone, with the utmost seriousness, “Nel nome del Padre, del Figlio, dello Spirito Santo, Amen,” and to join his hands in pious prayer. Catching him at it in front of a painting of Christ in a church, someone tells me that with his beautiful curls, he is just like an angel of Raphael. I dilate with motherly pride, delighted to be back in a…

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