The man answering the phone advised her, “Put nothing in writing to us, but do write to Chicago Catholic Social Services asking a question, any question."
He also warned Donna that Catholic Social Services might not reveal anything. He was correct. They responded to Donna’s letter with a terse note “Records sealed." But in the upper right hand corner of the letter, sure enough, there was the key to knowledge -- her case number -- just as Donna had been told it would be. Three days later Donna and Pres had the information they needed. Donna was born Theresa DellaCroce on a New Year’s day in Agnone, Italy, a small, ancient, mountaintop town a hundred miles east and south of Rome.
"Just about anything," most people respond.
But Truth In Adoption charged just twenty-five dollars for their assistance.
And off to the right he trotted.
In the piazza by a fruit stand sat a woman wearing a long, flowing, print dress draped over her legs to her sandals. She rose smiling beautifully as her friend, Anna Maria, approached leading two strangers.
He didn’t, however, share that thought. It seemed plausible though. It was, after all, quite close to her home.
But late one night, months after the trip to Italy, upon returning home from a three day business trip, Pres discovered his house empty. His beloved wife was gone. No message. No note. No phone call. The only things left in their home were Pres’ books and clothes, a guest room bed, a television, and a frozen pie crust in the freezer. Donna Theresa had simply vanished.
The Story of Agnone, Italy
http://blogginginitaly.com/2014/07/11/marinelli-bell-foundry-agnone/, October 29, 2014.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pontificia_Fonderia_Marinelli, October 29, 2014.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agnone, October 29, 2014.