Toni and I met one another at Chatham University in Pittsburgh, PA. We were in the Black Student Union, volunteered at a local church with inner city youth, stayed up long hours talking, and growing up with a close group of Chatham sisters. Toni lives in Philadelphia now, more than 3,000 miles from me in Oregon. I know we think of one another, and if I ran into her today I know she would come running exclaiming “JAZZZZYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!”
Toni was one of my “little sisters” (I might add she was MUCH taller than me!) whom I guided. We danced together, she loved to pester me, tease me, and we loved to laugh. When I had an emergency appendectomy in 2000, frightened being 3,000 miles away from my family- she was among those who sat in the waiting room – and when I returned to my Chatham dorm she was one of those who brought me food, looked in on me, and made sure I felt loved.
Years later we both have found ourselves taking photos. We hope to post photos every other week – last week’s theme was Friendship.
Check out other photos by Toni here.
And here’s my photo.