We met while both of us worked at Movies to Go, a forerunner of Blockbuster Video. We hit it off immediately. I mean, heck, we're both Polish, how could we not? She gave me my first wedding shower. She gave me my first baby shower. Oh, this is where she introduced me to the world's best potato chip dip. Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you the recipe for "Rose's Potato Chip Dip:"
Rose's Potato Chip Dip
1 large tub of small curd cottage cheese
1 8 oz package of cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup mayo
salt and pepper (LOTS of pepper)
Combine with a mixer and refrigerate overnight.
Trust me, you will LOVE this.
Besides the dip and the showers, she's the true definition of a friend. She is kind and giving to everyone. And, I do mean EVERYONE. She has nine million members of her family and she knows and loves every single one. But as much as she loves them, they love her tenfold. She and her husband Mike (yes, Michael Jackson) have been married for 32 years and have raised the two most wonderful daughters. Now, she is blessed with a grandson, and the nicest family just gets bigger.
She packs a great cooler, has a FOLDER filled with Groupons, and has flip flops to match every outfit. She loves QVC, American Idol and Better than Ezra. She, her husband and another couple toured 95 wineries in Missouri. MY HERO. She works full time but manages to keep her house spotless, decorated and ever changing. She's a whirling dervish!
I met her when I was 19 years old. She has stuck with me when no one else has. She was my maid of honor when I married Jake's dad. Every year since he was born, she has sent Jake's birthday card to my house so I could share it with him; a small gesture, but one that acknowledged me as his mommy. She stayed my friend when that marriage ended and another one started. And then again. She was there for me when my parents died. She has entertained all my family in her home. She has attended weddings, funerals, baseball games, graduations and a whole host of other events. She is simply put, the best. If I can ever be one half the friend she is, I will have done well. You know how much I love my grandmother, right? Well, she is this generation's version of Grandma Miki.
She's so much more than a friend, she's as close to a sister as I could ever imagine having; just without the arguments. My Monday hope is that all of you have a Rose in your life. Because if you've got one of those, you are one of the lucky ones.