You never meet someone by chance. Never. There is always a reason.
I met Keonda for the first time over coffee. We had decided to meet at a famed, local coffee shop, Cocoa Cinnamon, on Labor Day. I thought she had the day off like I did because of the holiday. I didn’t question that even once. Arriving early I ordered my Americano and sat out front to enjoy the perfect weather and abundant sunshine. I soon saw a little, white SUV barreling down Foster Street and into the parking lot. It was Keonda.
Moments later she popped by the front of the coffee shop where I was sitting at a picnic table. She smiled, waved and came right over. She greeted me with a hug and handed me a puppy before heading inside to order her drink. That was it. We were friends. Maybe it was partially the puppy, but I instantly felt a true friendship with Keonda.
She came back out and we discussed life, her new puppy, our city and ever-so-casually Keonda mentioned she has cancer. She spoke of it as though I knew and I guess somewhere in my mind I had thought that was the case. It seemed impossible. Keonda doesn’t look sick, but rather healthy. We are the same age. She’s beautiful, vibrant and bursting with energy that is warming, inspiration and contagious. She’s a force. How could she possibly have cancer?
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