New York! New York! God bless former Mayor Mike Bloomberg—what a great city to visit! My daughter Mary and I drove up Friday during the snowstorm to take my granddaughter Sarah back to Columbia University, along with her friend A.J. who is a cadet at West Point. My granddaughters Sofia and Michela came with us, too. They came with my daughter Becky over from Italy for the holidays. Because of the weather conditions, there was no traffic at all driving into the city and nothing but green lights in a row.
What a joy to have my big, beautiful family with me at Christmas at my lake house in Radford, Va.
After dropping off Sarah and A.J., we arrived at my son Chris’ house just in time for my granddaughter Kristina’s eighteenth birthday party. Kristina and Sofia were born the same year, and Diana and Michela were born the same year. With Amanda coming along just a few years later, they all get along so well. We had such a happy, laughing, fun weekend. But, brrr! It was cold!
Saturday we all went into the city and visited Times Square and Rockefeller Center and took pictures with the Christmas tree and the angels. Mary bought all the girls “I Love NY” T-shirts.
The cousins, sporting their “I Love NY” shirts.
The Moss and Ghezzi cousins, having a great time together in The Big Apple.
With my Moss and Ghezzi granddaughters at Rockefeller Center.
We couldn’t miss having our picture taken with the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center!
Dinner at Chris’ house Saturday night with the cousins, L. to R.: Chris’ daughter Diana, Becky’s daughters Michela and Sofia, Chris’ daughters Kristina and Amanda, Mary’s daughter Sarah, and Sarah’s friend A.J. My daughter-in-law Lisa is a great hostess and cook. She comes from a warm Italian family.
Sunday, Chris took Mary and me on our very own adventure, which included a stop at my alma mater Cooper Union. We also visited Staten Island and saw a lot of the old family stomping grounds. I was sad to see that my childhood home had been torn down, and the field I used to play in had been built up in apartments. Our house was over two hundred years old! It was also a shock to see that my grandparents’ house had been ruined. However, we ended up at a local restaurant in a little fishing town for lunch and had the most marvelous seafood while looking at the fishing boats. That made us feel better!
My son Chris, daughter Mary, and me at Rockefeller Center.
I’m so happy to have this picture, taken at Cooper Union.
Behind this construction fence is where my childhood home at 3843 Amboy Road on Staten Island used to stand.
We drove back to Radford, Virginia, on Monday, and Chris came down with us. We had deep, heavy fog and pouring rain for our drive back, and we noticed as we were leaving the city that the in-bound traffic was very heavy. It made us appreciate our beautiful weekend even more.
On Tuesday, Sofia and Michela took a tour of Virginia Tech, and they are very excited. I think it will be a great “fit” for them.
My son-in-law Roberto, granddaughters Sofia & Michela, & my daughter Becky on the stage in the theater of the Moss Arts Center at Virginia Tech.