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Hello Family and Friends,
A lot has happened to me in the last eight years. Our son Tom’s death in Afghanistan brought a great deal of pain and anguish. It brought an emptiness only a parent can know when they lose a child before his time. But Tom’s ultimate sacrifice for his country, his remarkable life for his family and his God, also gave us gifts we would never have realized had he not made his unhesitating commitment to America.
I thought the hole in my heart could never be refilled, could never be healed. I was right about that. Sometimes for no reason at all, completely unexpected, tears will come to my eyes as I think of him. I turn to his picture and I hurt like it just happened.
But even through this tragedy Tom gave us gifts. Because of Tom, I have met wonderful, caring, dedicated people, the dearest of friends, and kind, sensitive individuals who have honored Tom with their tenderness to me and my husband. I have experienced opportunities to learn new things about myself… feelings, talents and commitments I didn’t know existed. I have found ways to bring purpose to Tom’s death. He has shown me how to remember him best by doing things the way he did, by always thinking of others first.
Because of all of that, and repeatedly urged by friends and family, I am writing a book. It is a Gold Star Mother’s book. It will tell the story of each of Tom’s gifts and my journey as a Gold Star Mom.
5/2/2018 06:13:49 pm
Can't wait to read your book. You are one hell of a women. 😘💕🙏🏻
5/2/2018 06:27:58 pm
Sharon, I am so looking forward to reading your book. You are such an amazing woman, strong and accomplished! I can only imagine what you have gone through since learning of Tom’s death. The path since then has wound through many unique avenues. I believe Tom is guiding you from his berth in heaven. Love you Sharon Belkofer!
5/2/2018 06:55:15 pm
I so look forward to reading your book. You are such a kind and wise woman. I am eager to read your thoughts.
5/2/2018 09:57:37 pm
Sharon you are remarkable! Im at awe with all you have done in your life and now a book to boot. Can not wait to read your story, and just so you know, expect your autograph when I bring my book to the next family reunion. Get-er-done!😙
5/12/2018 07:13:37 am
I've know you for many years Sharon and you have always impressed me as a very articulate and caring person. I came to your son's funeral feeling so terrible sad for you and your family. As my sons are in the same age range as your son, I found myself thinking about how I would feel if this were happening to me. It hurt to much to go that route.But in retrospect, it was one of the most incredible "farewells" I have ever witnessed in my life and I will never forget it. I wish you well with the writing of this book..I think it will help other's who have walked this walk and will find comfort in what you are about to share. Best of luck to you.
7/13/2019 03:59:14 pm
Sharon, catching up with your blog this afternoon after reading about your plan to run again for school board....and wondering when your book will be available. Looking so forward to reading it. So glad we are friends...you are the best!!
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