A Season For Everything Under the Sun...Peace For Your Eternal Slumber...Sonia
|Me and Sonia negative from photo shoot - Long Beach, CA|
I was up late the other night watching YouTube videos of TLC reality shows. I came across one of their more ridiculous shows "Trophy Wives" about these young women in Beverly Hills who are married to old billionaires. I started to watch a trailer of one of the shows and one of the reality stars reminded me of my friend Sonia White. I had lost touch with Sonia in the past few years so I decided to google her to see if I could find her on online. I put her name into google and instead of finding her on facebook, I got her obituary. It broke my heart and I could not sleep the rest of the night.
Sonia and I met in 1995 in Seattle when she was dating my boss at Champion Footwear. She would come into the office once in a while and I got to know her. She was a slim, beautiful 22 year old girl with amazing black curly hair. She was super sweet and I really liked her. She ended up moving to Manhattan Beach, CA with her boyfriend. In 1999 I ended up moving to Hermosa Beach and I started hanging out with her again. We would go out to Hollywood, Santa Monica, Manhattan Beach and had a lot of fun. I was her friend through an engagement, breakup, unemployment, new jobs, boyfriends, etc then I got engaged and married, she met my husband, came to my milestone birthday parties and we kept in touch on a regular basis.
When I moved to San Diego and I was commuting to Los Angeles she would let me crash at her apartment in El Segundo. One time I even went on a blind date with her because she was too nervous, the guy owned an orchid farm somewhere in Southern California, he was about 5 feet tall and showed up with a boutique of orchids, needless to say it was not a love connection..LOL. We had a good laugh about that one for years to come.
One time we did a "just for fun" photo shoot together. I still have the photos and posted them here as a memorial to her fun spirit and beautiful smile. She was so gorgeous!
Many years later I moved to Seattle and started my handbag brand Rocco e Dante. I would often go to Los Angeles for trade shows and I would meet up with Sonia for dinner and drinks. She was very supportive of my brand and bought a few of my handbags. The last time I saw her I was on a business trip to Los Angeles and we went out for dinner in Santa Monica. She moved to Hawaii later that year and we kept in touch via email and eventually we lost touch....until now.
She was one of those lights you meet in life that goes out too soon. I will remember her sweet smile and laugh over the details of her leaving this world. Rest in Peace my sweet friend. You were so beautiful.
Sonia White 1974-2012
|Me and Sonia joking around with mannequin head during photo shoot.|