Hi, My name is Rhonda Darlene Gooden Gibson. Who am I? I am the person who married a man my daddy couldn’t stand at the age of 18. A year later we announced to him we would be having our first child. As time went on we had two more children and eventually, my daddy learned to love my husband. He loved him so much, he cried when he died January 26, 2005. At that time our three children were grown so I was left alone. As of now it is February 20, 2014. I spent three years beginning in 2010 helping to care for and spent time with mom at the nursing home Monday thru Friday until she passed away March 26, 2013 at approx. 11:23 p.m. I can’t describe the way I felt when I walked out of the nursing home that night. My daily life had been planned to go to mom every day and now she was just gone! I felt, “What do I do now??” There was nothing except a big empty hole left.
As far as my dad, he’s a whole different ballgame!! He had done well for himself even after mom divorced him in 1974. But he married a third time and she destroyed him. (Note: His 2nd wife had been killed in an accident and she was a very sweet lady so just want you to know, there’s no prejudice here.) As I said he had done well. He went on cruises, lived in a nice house with a pool, had plenty spending money AND THEN SHE CAME ALONG. She eventually managed to turn him against his children and family. We all tried to tell him what she was doing but with his age and her influence, he listened to her. BTW, he had never been in trouble before he met her. He passed away September 7, 2013 in a prison hospital at the age of 86. His belongings consisted of prison clothes, boots and a blanket, 2 little pieces of white paper and a little piece of metal. This was what was left of his life.
My husband, Lloyd Gibson, Sr. was the most wonderful, adoring, loving husband I could have ever asked for. He was always there for me and loved me even at my worst. We had our ups and downs but in the end, in every end, it was always “Lloyd and Rhonda.” You know there’s a saying that goes, “You can’t take it with you.” Not true, he took a part of my heart with him the night God called him Home. He was, is and will always be my Prince…my Knight in Shining Armor and I will see him again someday. I love you, Lloyd.
UPDATE: About 2 weeks after mom passed away, I couldn’t find that “new normal” they talk about so I went back to my “old normal.” I still go to the nursing home to volunteer 5 days a week, almost every week and to visit with the residents. They are such a joy to be around! And God’s Love Ministry of CFC is still active there too. Lloyd helped me when he was here. So! This is who I am. Hope I am someone you like. Happy Reading!!! GOD BLESS YOU!!