Mad for…Bill

You are the salt of the earth. But if salt loses its taste, with what can it be seasoned? It is no longer good for anything but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. You are the light of the world. A city set on a mountain cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and then put it under a bushel basket; it is set on a lampstand, where it gives light to all in the house. Just so, your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father. (Mt. 5: 13-16)

A few years back, my oldest son, Nick, and his friend Vinny Ferrucci decided to make the trek north on I-65 to catch the Purdue Boilermakers in a home game at my favorite sports venue, Mackey Arena. They were seniors in high school at the time and they brought along their younger brothers, Zach and Anthony, who also happen to be the closest of friends. They sent the obligatory selfies from their upper arena seats, and this mom’s heart was pretty warm and gooey. Those are some phenomenal big brothers!

When they arrived home to tell us about the evening, it wasn’t the exciting game recap they opened with, it was the story of dinner. Nick and Vin decided to take the littles to a landmark for yummy burgers and root beer before the game. They went to the Triple XXX. As they say in West Lala, “It’s on the hill, but on the level…” and really nothing beats the greasy spoon that is this grungy orange drive-in! They were wearing Guerin Catholic hats, and a man with whom they were unfamiliar paid their tab. Maybe they were familiar, but they just couldn’t remember his name? My memory is unreliable. Later, much later in fact, I found out the mystery man was none other than Bill Moss!

Bill is the husband of Chris, and the father to Nick and Lexi. He’s an avid Boilermaker fan whose kids also attended Guerin Catholic High School. He’s a joyful guy with a great sense of humor, and also he’s got a very generous heart. My tiny example above is absolutely reflective of the kindness he shows others ALL THE TIME. I am pretty sure he’s an Indy native because I feel certain he told me once during a game that he graduated from Broad Ripple High School. If I’ve got that wrong, I apologize, Bill.

Here’s what I know for sure. This man is crazy about his family. He demonstrates that by the supportiveness he has shown to those two great kids during the time I have known him, and by the respectful and loving way his wife talks about him behind his back. Bill Moss is a faith-filled guy with a great sense of humor, and he doesn’t take himself too seriously! He’s friendly and welcoming…and the man knows how to enjoy a tailgate party in the parking lot at Ross-Ade.

As you and Chris celebrate your 25th wedding anniversary today, Bill, I just wanted to take a moment to let you know that the world needs phenomenal men like you! You are the salt of the earth! Congratulations and THANK YOU for spreading your sunshine to those around you. We think you are a big scoop of awesome! HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!

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