For anyone who has not watched TV, read a newspaper, or caught late-breaking news on line in the past three days… Valerie Harper released a statement that she was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. I know this may seem crazy to many of you, but I was devastated when I heard the sad news.
No, I have never been fortunate enough to meet Valerie Harper, and yet I love her. The reason for my affection can be summed up in one word: Rhoda. It is because I have always identified with her.
In my own life, I have always been the “Rhoda” to my dear friends’ “Mary.” The “Mary’s” that I have chosen in my life are always the beautiful, sweet, considerate, gifted women that do Mary Richards justice. They are always there for me as I try my best to be for them.
In her character as Rhoda, Valerie Harper gave a voice to the “best friend” role in life. She was not the star, not the prettiest, never got to throw her hat up in the air, certainly didn’t have the best apartment, and yet she was happy and held a very important part in some people’s lives.
And that is why I love you, Valerie Harper. You gave the “Rhoda’s” in life a voice.