I’ve known my friend, Rhonda for 30 years now. We met in the spring of 1986 when we were both trying out for our high school’s drill/dance team. I was 14 and she was 13. Rhonda was friendly, bubbly, and easy-going, and we just seemed to click. We were great friends throughout high school as well as college roommates.
Rhonda is one of the best and most authentic people I know: decent, good-hearted, smart, hardworking, fun, beautiful….and, strong. Rhonda is wonderful to everyone she meets, and that is why she is a beloved friend to many.
Over the years, we’ve each experienced life’s ups and downs. And, there have been times in our own individual situations when we’ve been the bigger person, bent over backwards to get along with others, overlooked B.S., and risen above it…..when all we felt like doing was having a hissy fit, meltdown, or losing our ever-loving minds. But, of course, we couldn’t.
That’s when it’s priceless to have someone to vent to, confide in, and figure out things with whom you know you can trust. Someone who will listen and not judge. Someone who is empathetic but doesn’t let you wallow. And, someone who knows all about your flaws but still loves you anyway. That is my friend, Rhonda. She is a blessing to all who know her, and I’m thankful to have her in my life.
Rare opportunity to
Interact with honesty, sharing true
Not a worry–always
~Tonya R. Hengerer