When I need encouragement,When I need advice,When I have unpleasant thoughts, That really isn’t so nice…There’s someone I can count on, Who can make me think again-Cause no one checks my attitude, Quite like my sister friend…We tell each other all the news,We watch each other’s back,We lift each other’s spirits,And we catch each other’s slack[Rhonda], when it comes to true friends,You’re the leader of the pack!
She was a godsend to my life. I couldn’t believe another person existed on earth that was going through what I was. I had the good fortune to meet Rhonda through a coworker. It was Fall Break and I wanted to check out the grand opening of a popular department store in my neighborhood. Browsing down each aisle I ran into Patty, an acquaintance from work. Her friend Rhonda was with her that day and she made the fateful introduction. Almost three years have passed since then.
Rhonda has been invaluable to me. Not only does she help me process my feelings about my stepmom journey, but she is a natural encourager as well. I trust her emphatically with my bad thoughts because I am confident that she will not judge me for being candid with my feelings. I can vent to her because I know that she empathizes. Sometimes she just listens. Sometimes she offers at advice. She does not always think that I am right and tells me so. I need this. She has a special way of getting me back on track by reminding me of who I am.
She encourages me to keep trying with Eliza even when her generous gestures are often rejected by Kierra’s mom. Rhonda is a good role model for me because she loves Kierra unconditionally. She continues to inspire me to be the best person that I can be.