Stumbling into Thankful

I didn’t start the “one-a-day things to be thankful for” in November like some of my friends on Facebook although I have enjoyed theirs and often thought, “Me, too.” I certainly could have found that many, but I wasn’t sure I would keep up with the task. It seemed worse to let it drift off than not to start.

But in the mood of the season, I experienced one this week that I would be remiss not to mention. You may have noticed that I’ve become quite fond of my adopted hometown of Hattiesburg, MS. One of its jewels nestled right downtown is the Oddfellows Gallery, and I am thankful.

Frequently, their displays feature local artists who work in a variety of mediums. Currently, in conjunction with the de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection, the gallery is showcasing the works of Tasha Tudor. Children’s books, advent calendars, and greeting card art line the walls with showcases displaying her intricate doll house fittings, doll books, and floral boxes. Since Tasha was such a lover of fabrics and things that could be made from them, the gallery has intermingled quilt art from the local award-winning Pine Belt Quilter’s Guild.

As I completed the second event yesterday that the gallery has hosted in connection with the exhibit, it seemed imperative that I add it to the list of things for which I am grateful. The exhibit runs through December with normal hours from 11AM – 5PM Thursday through Saturday. But if you are like me and have a sister in town who will leave before the proper hours, they are gracious with appointments (601-544-5777) for a different personal time.

One more special event remains – a St. Nicholas Tea at 4 PM on December 12, advertised for parents and children dressed in their finest. I’m planning to attend, claiming that I have been both parent and child, and am pulling out my nicest duds. Like the other best things in life for which I am grateful, all this is free. Just let them know you’re coming to tea by logging in to  If you are too far away, I am so sorry. Maybe on your next visit to the area, you can add the gallery to your list and see whatever they are currently showcasing.