The first paragraph of the letter I wrote to her cousin simply informed them their contract with the Earle Sitter Services was about to expire, but they could renew by returning the enclosed card.
The next line read: "If you act fast, we'll also include a one-time full housecleaning, closet organization and car detailing special. To claim this deal, just write the words 'Rosalie should have known better' in the little box at the top of the card."
Over the years, I've tormented poor Rosalie by writing about colonoscopies and farts and feminine hygiene products and subjects a classier columnist wouldn't venture anywhere near.
But she had no one to blame but herself.
Since it was Rosalie who, 16 years ago, asked if I'd like to try my hand at writing a column.
I doubt many other editors would've offered such a chance to a quiet newspaper secretary who dreamed of writing. But Rosalie believed in me. She took a gamble and it changed my life.
And for that, I'll be forever grateful.
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