Sunday, March 22, 2009
The photograph was the occasion of my eighth birthday, held locally at Glen Park some many decades back, with by today's standards, a very politically incorrect hobo theme. That's Sonjia, second from the left in the front row. We were friends all the way through school together, from kindergarten to the twelfth grade. Our parents were best friends and our families took vacations together, so some of my fondest childhood memories include Sonjia. She was an accomplished pianist and singer who worked professionally as a child, but remembered most for the bubbling personality and unfailing good humor that show through so clearly in the photograph.
She moved to Oregon years ago and it's been a long time since we've seen each other. March 22 is her birthday and not a year goes by that she isn't remembered warmly and with the greatest affection.