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Today is Roxanne’s birthday. So I find myself reflective on this great friendship.

  • Working together and providing each other with some sanity and laughter on the job

  • The blessed birth of Roxanne’s children – Mario and Sophia

  • Supporting me thru divorce and changing my last name back to my maiden name on my work name plate with a bright yellow sticky note

  • Cheering me on as a single mother of three sons – Michael, Adam and Jake (and now three grandchildren)

  • Being proud of me earning my bachelor’s degree as an adult

  • Rescuing you and Sophia when your car broke down and getting Sophia to her camping trip

  • Inspiring me with your awesome garden, your cooking and canning skills, and your incredible talent!

  • Meeting at restaurants after work once a month where I was always late and where Roxanne had always played some trick on me, i.e., sugar packets in my menu

  • Sending Roxanne postcards from my world travels, like Copenhagen, New York and Paris, so she could live vicariously thru me when her children were too young for her to travel

  • Being my theater companion for more than a decade to the Milwaukee Rep,the Skylight Opera and many more

  • Outings to the Milwaukee Art Museum to see world-class exhibits, like the current exhibit – Van Gogh to Pollock: Modern Rebels

  • Going to my house to sew the hem on my blouse so I would be ready for my nephew’s wedding when I had been admitted to the hospital

  • Bringing me gas when I ran out during rush hour on the Hoan Bridge!

  • Being your “one” friend

  • Numerous special craft days at Roxanne’s home! Good food, good laughs, good discussions, good movies, good times, good Christmas cards!

  • Believing in me as I venture out on my own with Linda Sweek Designs

  • Partnering with me on Sew and Sew Retreats and Creative Workshops

I saw this quote from Charlotte’s Web earlier this week (the day I ran out of gas). I thought of us:

“Why did you do all this for me?' he asked. ’I don't deserve it. ...' 'You have been my friend,' replied Charlotte. 'That in itself is a tremendous thing.” ― E.B. White, Charlotte's Web

Happy birthday my friend!

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