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.