It's been a very emotional time for me. My best friend of 60 years has passed away. I am paying homage to her in this newsletter since she has been in my life for most of my life.
Her father was like a father to me. He drove a big checker cab. When we went out on a Saturday night, he would drive us to the dance. He really wanted to check out the place and make sure we were safe. We asked him to let us off a few blocks away. No problem, he would tell us. After a while, we would see that big yellow checker cab around the corner; he couldn't hide. On one occasion, after getting in his cab he would comment on what perfume we were wearing. I told him "Here's My Heart". He responded, get that stuff off, you smell like a prostitute. I pick up a lot of prostitutes in the city, and they all smell like that. I was devastated, so I threw out the bottle when I got home.
RIP Vinnie...till we meet again.
Vinnie - at 16.....she loved big earrings!
Vinnie & Jerry New Years Eve 2007
More like a sister....my bff Vinnie
Vinnie's husband is the cook in her family and I shared my love of cooking with him. Every Christmas Eve I call him and asked what was on his menu.
He prepared all day for the final traditional fish dinner.
Vinnie reminds me of Elizabeth Taylor here.
Here is Jerry with the pulpo (octopus) ready to be cooked.
Vinnie at her daughter's wedding.
Aunt Jan's Crumb Cake
Every single time I visited Vinnie, her family requested my crumb cake. At parties, I would make two. Vinnie's children and grandchildren loved my crumb cake.
Aunt Jan's Crumb cake....a favorite
Beautiful as always. And what I strive to find in a true friend. She was lucky to find you at such a tender age, and we lucky to have you in ours literally since the beginning of our lives. Xoxo
Thank you Crystal. Your mom and I had a very respectful friendship. Even though we had different lives, we gave each other space and knew that we would be there for one another.
Eloquent remembrance, Jan. I believe she’s looking down on you now with love and pride.
Thank you Janet. Yes, I keep her in my heart and talk to her all the time. She was my anchor when I would get upset about something. How lucky to have had her in my life.
Sweet tribute to your friend Vinnie. Memories of her will stay with you and truly a blessing to have had her in your life!
Oh Sonia, I cannot even imagine life without her. She was my anchor. When we spoke about the future, we would talk about growing old together.....ahh, but God has his own plans. Thank you.
Lovely, Jan ! I don’t know how I won the jackpot - getting a link to your website /blog; but I truly enjoyed it & would love to continue!
What a precious tribute to your friend! I would love to hear about your fun times with Vinnie! I can only imagine what you two got into😀Cherish the memories of your special friend with a smile! 😍
Jill Clark Gardner
Jan, What a beautiful tribute to your life long friend. I am so sorry and know that you will miss her very much. From your words, I can tell that she was a very special part of your life.
What a beautiful tribute to a very special friend. You were blessed to have her in your life but she was blessed to have you as well. Thank you for sharing! Keep the memories in your heart
Thank you for your kind words. Good friends are hard to find....and keep. Vinnie and I gave each other the space to have our own lives, but if I needed her, she was there.
09.11 | 18:16
Jan, They look delicious. Looking forward to making a few.
05.11 | 14:29
Oh Denise, it's a perfect Fall Apple Cake. It's such an easy recipe. Hope you enjoy it.❤️❤️