This is a sponsored post on behalf of Friendship Dairies.
I have many, many friends, a lot of them in the blog world, and the ease of maintaining these friendships has been enhanced by social media. That is my story.
And I have another story. The story of an accidental friendship. It starts with me being a little bored with my life, and deciding to do something about it. My partner and I had been bitten by the travel bug, and I fell in love with Italy, so I decided to take an Italian language class. Side note, getting a hobby outside of work and home, was one of the best decisions I have ever made.
During the first class we were asked to tell why we were there. I immediately took a dislike to one woman in the class based on her answer. And wouldn’t you know it, but I found out later she felt the same way about me. We were both annoyed in class number two when we were assigned to work together. Luckily my first impressions are wrong 99% of the time, and we became immediate friends.
I soon found out that we had a special bond. Marion lived in Queens, I lived in Manhattan, and we were both originally from the same neighborhood in the Bronx. In a way Marion continued the life I would have had, if we had not moved upstate, I would have been in the same High School as her!
I had several college degrees and many pre-conceived notions about people, and Marion proved me wrong on all accounts. She had no college experiences, and yet was the smartest, most worldly woman I had ever met. I was the small-town boy, and she opened up my world. We met her and her friends in several European countries and had local experiences that we otherwise would never have had. Marion taught me so many things, but mostly she taught me about friendship, and I will always be grateful for her. She broke down many of my walls and taught me how to go above and beyond for friends. Getting a hobby outside of work enhanced my day to day life, and making a special friend for life made me a better person.
Marion, another classmate, and I started to enjoy a different Italian restaurant after class each week, until one day she suggested we try a Greek restaurant in her Astoria, Queens neighborhood. Wow, I had never had authentic Greek food like this! Almost 20 years later we still go to the same restaurant, and even some of my coking became Greek inspired. I turned Marion onto Friendship Cottage Cheese with my Greek inspired cottage cheese dip, during one of our dinner at home evenings because I found out that Friendship cottage cheese is a great substitute for Greek yogurt in many recipes! I love this dip which calls for some of the things I have fallen in love with in Greek cooking: feta cheese, real Oregano, Greek olives and simple tomato and cucumber additions, all mixed in with Friendship cottage cheese! Don’t forget the pita bread for dipping!
Here’s to Friendship!
Friendships helps us get through life:
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post on behalf of Friendship Dairies.
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