When my mom started dating the guy who’d eventually become my stepdad, lots of other new people came into my life, particularly, his daughter, Jenny. She was a beautiful dancer and actor who performed in a lot of local theater. Where I was shy, awkward and mousy, she was vibrant, fiery, and gorgeous. She would take me to her dance classes, rehearsals and anywhere else she went. She was the older sibling I’d always wanted, and she seemed happy to take me under her wing!

While I had often heard from my mom’s bf about his daughter, we didn’t actually meet until the night of this performance. She played Martha Cratchit. Later, she’d confess that one of the producers of the show was trying to sleep with her. << Her frankness and free spirit was amazing, and those qualities are ones that I still seek and value in my friendships today.