My grandson Picco and I had a great Thanksgiving dinner and a lovely time at the home of Dick and Bonnie-Lou Binnig. Bonnie-Lou is the President of the Moss Pelicans Chapter of the P. Buckley Moss Society and invited us to share Thanksgiving with them. Joining us were former Society Board member Marlyn DeWaard, Dick and Bonnie-Lou’s neighbor Gertrude Beers, and Gary and Leslie Nier of Franklin, Tennessee. Bonnie-Lou and Leslie used to work together. It was such fun meeting Gertrude, Gary, and Leslie, and Picco enjoyed talking with them, too.
What a beautiful turkey! The turkey and gravy were outstanding, and so were the pies—everything was delicious! Pictured with me is my grandson Picco Gabellieri.
Marlyn read something at Thanksgiving dinner about being thankful that I would like to share. It really puts things in perspective.
If you woke up this morning with more health than illness,
you are more blessed than the million who won't survive the week.
If you have never experienced the danger of battle,
the loneliness of imprisonment, the agony of torture or
the pangs of starvation,
you are ahead of twenty million people around the world.
If you attend a church meeting without fear of harassment,
arrest, torture, or death,
you are more blessed than almost three billion people in the world.
If you have food in your refrigerator, clothes on your back,
a roof over your head and a place to sleep,
you are richer than 75% of this world.
If you have money in the bank, in your wallet,
and spare change in a dish someplace,
you are among the top 8% of the world's wealthy.
If your parents are still married and alive,
you are very rare, especially in the United States.
If you hold up your head with a smile on your face and are truly thankful,
you are blessed because the majority can, but most do not.
If you can hold someone's hand, hug them or even touch them on the shoulder,
you are blessed because you can offer God's healing touch.
If you can read this message,
you are more blessed than over two billion people in the world
who cannot read anything at all.
You are so blessed in ways you may never even know.
I am especially blessed with wonderful family and friends!
Friday night I went with members of the Moss Pelicans Chapter to the American Stage Theater Company here in St. Petersburg to see A Doll’s House. The theater group did a wonderful performance, and I really enjoyed it.
My children and their families had Thanksgiving dinner at my Barn in Waynesboro, Virginia, with their father and his wife Malone. Facebook was such fun, because I got to see what everyone was doing for Thanksgiving. I missed my children, but we’ll all be together for Christmas.
L. to R.: My grandchildren Sean and Sarah Donnelly, who are attending Virginia Tech (Sean is a Freshman, and Sarah is a Senior.); and Amanda, Kristina, and Diana Moss, who want to attend Tech. They all went to Saturday’s football game.
My son Chris’ children, who live in New York, thoroughly embraced the Hokie spirit at Saturday’s game. L. to R.: Amanda, Kristina, & Diana.
I’m returning to Virginia this week in time for my November 30-December 2 Museum and Barn Open House. I’m going to miss the Christmas parties in St. Petersburg, but we’re having a big party the evening of December 1 at the Museum to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the P. Buckley Moss Society. Tickets are $45, and attendees will receive a complimentary black and white print. There will be live and silent auctions to benefit the P. Buckley Moss Foundation for Children’s Education. I’m looking forward to seeing our Society friends from all over the country. Come join us! For more information, please call 1-800-430-1320.
The Silver Sentinel will be given to those who attend Saturday night’s celebration of the Society’s 25th Anniversary.
My special print for the November 30-December 2 Museum and Barn Open House is Christmas at the Barn, which captures the Christmas spirit at my Barn home in Waynesboro, VA. For more information, please contact the P. Buckley Moss Museum at 1-800-343-8643 or 540-949-6473.
See you soon!