guest blog – rob malewicki, my cherished step-father

Age – 49

Sex – male

Bio – Rob has raised me as his one and only daughter since I was 7 years old. He is the most kind, most compassionate, most generous, most selfless person I know. He can also be a total weirdo which we all love. He’s been a blessing to any life he has touched, including that of my late mother. Though a highly accomplished woman in all areas of life, he is far and away her greatest success. Here he talks about what it’s like to be Poppi.


As a guest blogger for Marissa, please let me introduce myself. My name is Poppi (aka Robert) and I am the proud step-father of Marissa and her brother Ryan. I thought I would take a few moments to reflect on what it means to be Poppi. The namesake originates from my grandfather, Alfredo Mamprisio, born in Italy and immigrated to the US through Ellis Island. He is surely in the Poppi Hall of Fame as he embodied everything a grandfather could aspire to be! Poppi was the name I was given once Marissa and Sean had their children. I’m proud to wear the moniker for them and for him – but no one can truly take the place of my real Poppi.

This Poppi is thankful for his wife. He spent about half of his 50 years married to Debra, Marissa & Ryan’s amazing mother. She had, and continues to have, a major impact on all of our lives. Her intelligence and zest for life was infectious. Sometimes Poppi’s Aquarian roots would calm her fire a bit, so it was a good combination. Poppi is now thankful for his grandchildren, Kellan and Kathryn, and will ensure those kids understand how wonderful their never-seen Grandmother has been in their lives. Her spirit lives in them and all of us.

This Poppi is also thankful for his good health. He loves to run and has been blessed with sturdy legs that allow him to explore and endure terra firma. The real Poppi was born near the Italian Alps, so he had the legs and lungs which live now in me mine. This Poppi knows he would be smiling if he were to take his last breath on the trails of the Kettle Moraine Forest or on the Incline in Colorado.

Poppi tries to do good, to give back, to love unconditionally, and to have some fun along the way. Robert can in no way match his real Poppi in these traits, but at least he has a target in which to aim.

One thing that Robert knows is that he is extremely thankful for the gift that Marissa (and perhaps Ryan someday) gave to him – this opportunity to play Poppi!

1 thought on “guest blog – rob malewicki, my cherished step-father

  1. I feel lucky to know and love Poppi! Wish I could have spent more time with your Mom. But I feel like I know her knowing what I know and love about you, Marissa!! You are the best mom, wife to my son and daughter-in-law anyone could ever ask for and I love you to pieces. xoxo

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