A package came in the mail today from my Murphy cousin who manages the gift shop at Monticello. Her name is Christy Murphy Campbell and she has read my book “We Are Different Now”. It was especially meaningful to her, due to the fact that she recently lost her 24-year-old niece, whom she loved like a daughter. Anyway, when I opened the package, out fell two BIG quarters (about the size of a coaster) with a note card. In the note, she told me that when she saw these big quarters, she immediately thought of the stories about Pete and quarters. Therefore, she sent two, one for me and one for my daughter, Barb, (Pete’s mother) to either put on the memorials we have for Pete in our homes or at his memorial where he fell to his death. I would never put them up there because someone would surely take them.
Words fail me about how to express how unique and thoughtful this gift turned out to be. It gave me goose bumps when I read her note. Therefore, I wanted to share it with anyone who sees my blog. Christy is near and dear to me and this has been the most wonderful surprise. The smaller quarter in the picture is one that we’ve found since Pete died.
If you don’t know the story about the quarters, you need to read my book.