My husband and I had the pleasure of having lunch with Sheldon Butts and his girlfriend, Rhonda Green, at Diangelo’s on Front Street. The food was great and so was the conversation. Rhonda and I spent more time talking to each other than anyone else. In our defense, we arewomen.
Rhonda is a single mother of a 17 year old. While pulling her phone out of her purse she said, “My daughter’s name is Sarah and she’s a beautiful and talented artist.”
I looked over the pictures of artwork Sarah is responsible for doing. Some were paintings, some drawings, but all were absolutely beautiful. There are a couple of artists in my own family so I learned to appreciate good art when I see it. Those pictures tell me that Sarah has a lot of talent and she will do very well in the art world.
“They say artists are very creative and intelligent people,” I said to Rhonda.
“That’s true,” she agreed.
“These are amazing,” I marveled, as I reviewed the artwork.
Nodding in agreement, Rhonda added, as she beamed with pride, “She’s the winner of the People’s Choice Award at the First Annual Art Walk, sponsored by the Georgetown Cultural Council.”
At present, Rhonda works as a legal assistant, but she wants to run on the Democratic ticket for Georgetown County School Board. She is looking for a seat in District #4 of the board.
“Why school board?” I asked.
“There are a lot of reasons,” she answered. “For one, I’d like to help build a relationship between the school system and the community by getting the parents more involved with their child’s education. It helps the student build their academic abilities when the parents and teachers work together. It creates a ripple effect when everyone becomes involved.
“I also want to be more involved with the teachers. I don’t want to be one of those that just sit on the board without knowing what’s going on. I want to hear from the educators and get their opinions. By doing this I hope to decrease the amount of testing we do and allow the teachers to teach. The goal is to eventually have teachers teach children how to think for themselves. This builds their (students) needs mentally and emotionally, as well, because the child will be more confident in their own abilities. The student will become more self-sufficient and have self-appreciation (ripple effect)."
Not only is Rhonda a legal assistant but she’s also a writer (I knew I liked her for a reason). She has helped to co-author a book with several others. The title is “Cheers to your Success.” Currently, she’s penning her own book titled “How Much is Your Dirt Worth?”
“Oh! Good title,” I exclaimed, as lunch was being delivered. Patsy Diangelo, one of the restaurant owners, sent over some zucchini strips to try. They were delicious! Getting back to our conversation, I asked of her book, “What’s it about?”
“It’s an inspirational book,” she answered with a laugh. “It has a lot to do with some of the more personal experiences I’ve had in my own life.”
While we ate, we continued to talk about different inspirations and trials and tribulations we’ve both had. We talked about our Faith, and, of course, we could not leave the table without talking about Sheldon. They’ve been dating for several months.
“We’ve actually known each other for most of our lives,” Sheldon offered (I’m surprised he got a word in at all. Rhonda and I must be losing our edge).
“And you’re just now getting around to dating?” I mused.
“Our lives took us in different directions,” Rhonda explained. “While Sheldon went to college and then into the military, I went off to college (and into the workforce).”
“What did you study?” I asked.
“I have a degree in Government of International Studies. I’ve studied abroad in 3rd world countries. Afterwards, I worked in Richland County Government as a law clerk, Blue Cross Blueshield and another law firm before finally coming back to Georgetown. This has always been my home and I want to make Georgetown my permanent home for me and Sarah.”
Glancing from one to the other, and knowing I was putting them both, especially Sheldon, on the spot, I asked, “Are there wedding bells in the future and if so, can I come to the wedding?”
Rhonda’s face lit up as she answered with excitement, “Yes, and yes, of course you’re invited!”
Sheldon has not officially proposed yet, but I am positive that when he does, it will be a spectacular event. No one will have to ask Rhonda whether he has asked yet because she will be walking around in a glow.
I so enjoyed our lunch together. Good food and good company is always a good combination. They are such an adorable couple together and I wish Rhonda the best of luck in her run for Georgetown County School Board.
In closing, I’d like to quote one of my favorite Scriptures from Rhonda’s favorite book in the Bible that pertains to our personal struggles and experiences. Joseph speaks to his brothers who sold him into slavery and he says to them: “But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive.” Genesis 50:20
Welcome home, Rhonda!