Monday, December 6, 2021

Time Flies, Give Thanks



Donna Fiala

Where has this year gone, and why did it travel by so quickly? When I was 12 years old it took a whole year for a year to go by. Now it seems like it’s gone in a few short months. I’m sure I just took my Christmas tree down, yet now I’m preparing to put it back up again. Each year my children and grandchildren come to grandma’s house for Thanksgiving dinner. After everyone has had lots of food, fun and conversation, they clean up the kitchen and then head for the garage where they take down all the outdoor Christmas decorations and together they climb into trees and on the roof and decorate the outside of my home until it looks like a little Christmas paradise. It has become a custom with us, and without my wonderful kids it would never get done, and for this I give thanks.

Our winter residents are coming back, and I don’t blame them. It’s gotten pretty cold up north, which means it’s not the place to be. Who wouldn’t want to come back to our special paradise on Earth? Again we can give thanks.

From the looks of things, we are going to have the busiest season ever, so put on a smile, be glad you are here and that our winter residents join us for all the fun and festivities that are presented while they are here. I honestly don’t believe there would be as many events, formal parties, art shows, plays, entertainment, etc., if our winter folks didn’t come down to join us. Remember the Great Recession when many were missing? It really wasn’t much fun, so let us give thanks that they are here with us again.

Brian Barcic will celebrate his 90th birthday on December 4. The only thing that stumps me is why the guy hasn’t grown a wrinkle and looks like he did 20 years ago! For that, I’m sure Shirlee gives thanks!

For the Marco Island Kiwanis Club and Marco Island Rotary Clubs we all give thanks! Without these marvelous organizations our island children and others off-island wouldn’t be as blessed. (I then started writing about all of the wonderful clubs on Marco, but I thought I’d better erase that because I might miss one or might not get the name right, etc., so dear readers, you only get the first two sentences!)

It was the first time I ever went to the Malenda Trick Studio in the Shops of Old Marco, and I couldn’t believe my eyes! There must have been at least 15 local artists represented throughout the rooms, each with their very own style. If you have a little time and would like to fill that time with friendly, talented people, stop by. Someone is usually there to greet you during the day. You’ll find watercolors, fabric art and rugs, oil paintings, jewelry, shell art and more – so much more. We are thankful for the talented, generous, caring people in our community!

It’s rather delightful to have Murphy Oil and RaceTrac on the same street, just a few doors from each other. Most of the time they keep the prices low on gasoline, each trying to compete with the other for business, and then other gas stations on Marco follow suit. But about two weeks ago the 951 RaceTrac and Murphy Oil were both higher priced than any other gas station in the area, so you need to keep your eye on fuel prices – they just might try to fool you! Traveling up the road just a little further north you find the prices at least $0.15 higher today. Tomorrow might bring a little something new. It will be fun to see what happens when WaWa gets here next year, located at Price Street and US 41 E., across from the Fresh Market and next to 5th 3rd Bank. Wow, three major gasoline stations all within about one mile of each other. Who knows – we might give thanks for that!

And now, I hope each and every one of you had a very Happy Thanksgiving!

P.S. Please keep Bernadette LaPaglia in your prayers as she struggles with the loss of her beloved husband.




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