‘She’s not going to let anything stop her’

Sophia Entzminger, middle, with her daughter, Mia, and son, Noah.

Sophia Entzminger, middle, with her daughter, Mia, and son, Noah.

In the middle of the moments that defined the first half of her adult life, a period she more than once described as “overwhelming” — enrolling at Virginia Commonwealth University, transferring to a community college, establishing a career, marriage, children, divorce, raising four kids on her own — Sophia Entzminger decided to learn Spanish.

She enrolled in a small weekly class at a community center in Chesterfield County. It was not supposed to lead to anything, Entzminger said. Her oldest children were grown and the youngest — twins Noah and Mia — were in high school. Entzminger, a respiratory therapist at Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU, had noticed an increase in Spanish-speaking patients and thought a knowledge of the language, even a passing one, would be beneficial. She took the class “just to see if I would like it,” she said.

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