From Bill Hebert
I can still remember the first time I saw Sharon.. it was at a football practice. I knew she was younger than me and back then it seemed to be worlds apart being in different schools, especially when you're young. Anyways, I, like others, that smile just drew you in. It wasn't until junior year that I saw her again and followed her into an art class of hers to her knowledge at the time I had that class too. I managed to sit at her table and from then on was hooked. The following year, as luck would have it, we actually had the same art class again! I was always so intimidated by her beauty and always wanting to ask her out but figured she was way out of my league which is funny because she could have cared less about that kind of thing. Now that the year was over I was about to ask her to prom but a jealous friend convinced me she had already been asked so like a fool I didn't want to take a chance. We ended up talking all night at the after-prom party though. I told her I wanted to ask her to the actual prom and she told me I should have .. she would have gone with me! I almost crumbled.. the night came to an end.. we said goodbye. I thought after, "oh no, I probably should have got her number!." Much time and many relationships passed by we then started talking again online - "thank you Facebook" - because It gave me the chance I've regretted for the last fifteen years, and I finally asked her on a date. The first date was the best date I had ever been on. I knew it was going well because it was the only 12 hr date I had ever been on.. The next few weeks were as a dream to me. We both regained hope from each other, and that is what she had brought to everyone she had ever met. We decided to hang out by the fire pit out back of her place one night and she tells me "I kind of had a crush on you in high school too you know".. and my face lit up .. "who knows where things would have gone" as she took my hand In hers. I said simply "I'm just glad to be here now." Sharon gave hope, happiness and beauty to everyone around her and I will truly miss and think about her for the rest of my life and never forget the hope that she has given me.
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This blog was created by Donna Gath Criswell, Sharon's mom. This space is for sharing stories or telling us about Sharon in order to keep the life of this amazing young woman alive. I thank you from the bottom of my broken heart.