During my business school years, I met so many great people who are still my friends twenty years later. And while most don’t live nearby, we regularly communicate and see each other pretty often. Hey, everybody wants to visit New York City, right.
But I never imagined that when I went to business school that I would meet my daughter’s god mothers nor did I imagine we would ending up living and working in the same city.
During those early years, we definitely socialized like any other single women living in New York City, shopping, dinner, drinks after work, you get the idea. But as you can imagine, living in New York City when you first start out is pretty expensive which is why I was always looking for ways to socialize but on the cheap.
Over the years, we have a tradition of taking each other out to dinner to celebrate our birthdays but there have been times (layoffs, saving for a big vacation) that wasn’t always possible so I made a point of suggesting dinner parties. But how to have a delicious meal, not spend a ton of money and is easy to make, tough project right.
Well my go to entree is “Lasagna” incorporating Friendship Dairies cottage cheese. What cottage cheese in my lasagna!! My friends are not exactly cottage cheese fans, I pretty much won them over when I told them that my lasagna included cottage cheese. Trust me, your foodie friends will not be able to tell the difference.
Going Above and Beyond
I think we all know true friends are the ones that go above and beyond when you really need them. There was a time during my daughter’s baby and toddler years that I had to travel on business and not just overnight trips but for days a time. This is the burden of being a single mom and the sole breadwinner, one doesn’t have much choice in saying no when it comes to business travel when it’s a requirement of your job.
As you can imagine, hiring an over night babysitter for days is pretty expensive. But whenever I asked my friends to stay over to watch my daughter, they stepped up and took over babysitter duties. You may think shouldn’t they step up? Well if you are single, work a lot and are childless, it can be a daunting experience to watch a baby or toddler out of the blue. With the exception of an ear ache (my friend was calling me all the time to keep me informed), they all sailed through with flying colors.
Of course, now that my daughter is a teen, they still go above and beyond, hosting her for sleepover, coming up with fun activities and one even pays her to help her organize her home. No words can express what their friendship means to me and giving me some much needed me time. True friends indeed!
Learn more about “The Power of Friendship” in this video highlighting the lengths friends will go to in order to help someone they hold dear.
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