Friends For Life

I am a very lucky woman. I have had best friends before I was even born. Way back in the late 1960s, there were four friends in high school. They were the Saved By the Bell gang before Zach, Kelly, Slater and Screech. All four friends went to college, married, had children, and stayed friends with hopes that their children would be best friends.
Erik and I are the same age — edging closer to that dreaded 30 (me before him) — Karen and Dana born a day apart, Nick a few months later and rounding out the group is “Baby Andrew”. We grew up together playing house, break dancing in the basement to Vanilla Ice, swimming, and going to the cottage. We stayed together after my family moved to NY, and came together after family tragedies. Even though most of live in different states now, we still get together at least once a year. In a few weeks, one friend of the group is following his dreams and moving to Japan. Thanks to technology we can keep in touch. However, 4th of July BBQ’s, Thanksgiving and random spontaneous get-togethers won’t be the same.
So this recipe is more for Nick. May you make this in Japan and remember us all dripping wet in Aunt Lin’s kitchen. Although truth be told, Nick is a talented cook in the kitchen.
Aunt Lin’s Summer Dip
1 16oz can of Chili With No Beans
1 Bar of Philadelphia Cream Cheese, soften
Shredded Cheddar Cheese to top
Tortilla Chips for dipping
1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
2. Use a glass microwaveable pie dish, spread cream cheese for first layer.
3. Spread chili over cream cheese.
4. Top with cheese.
5. Put in the oven until cheese is melted on top, 10-15 min.
6. Serve with chips & enjoy!
–Kim Fletcher, Parenting Program Volunteer

5 Responses to “Friends For Life”

  1. 1 Anonymous July 11, 2011 at 7:46 am

    Friends for life…what a wonderful gift indeed. Thanks for sharing your friendship memories, KIm. LOVE the photos. PS -This is one of my favorite dips. Deanna

  2. 2 Lin Weimer July 11, 2011 at 10:14 am

    Kim…loved this, love you. Thanks for keeping us all together. XOXO Aunt Lin

  3. 3 senseiniku July 11, 2011 at 11:50 am

    Awwww, thanks, Kimmy. Well written and well said. That should mean a lot coming from an English teacher like me! 🙂

    • 4 Anonymous July 11, 2011 at 11:57 am

      dearest Kim, your words and pics just warm my heart. We have had a wonderful life with you “friends for life” and look forward to many more, no matter how far you each travel. Our love, and history for each other binds us together always. much love, aunt Barb

  4. 5 Anonymous July 29, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    Kim – my heart is warmed by your article – how fortunate and blessed we all are to have our friends….here’s to life and making more happy memories!

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