For Sharon

December 30, 2008 at 8:52 pm 3 comments

I work for a school and am the supervisor of a small department. My team shares office space with another school department. Though our two teams are very different departments with very different duties, we have become something of a large, closely-knit, dysfunctional family with me as one parent and Sharon (the other supervisor) as the other.

Our “family” had a bit of a surprise when we got in on Monday after the 5-day holiday weekend, and not a good one at that. Sharon died rather suddenly on Saturday. This post is for her.

Sharon loved dogs and bad music (sorry Sharon, but really — Helen Reddy and the Carpenters all day?). She adored her team and they adored her. She seemed to live to bargain shop and loved to tell you just how much something cost (“see these shoes? I got them at Goodwill for $2.00!”) which could have been annoying but somehow wasn’t. Sharon filled me in on the “political landscape” of my job when I first took the position and was amazingly helpful to me during that first horribly difficult year. She loved to host a potluck and boy, did we ever have some good ones. She was a great cook, and loved to bring in her baked goods.

Her loss leaves a very large hole in our office. One I’m not sure that I can even attempt to try to fill. Sharon was the “fun parent” and I was the one who told people to get back to work. Sharon was the one who arranged the potlucks and I was the one who would forget to bring in a dish and spring for a pizza or something when I got there. Sharon was the one who brought in pumpkin bread or muffins “just because”. I’m the one who only ingests caffeine at work and very rarely even remembers to eat. She was the “parent”, the one people hugged and gave gifts to when they left for a holiday. I am the “too busy” boss who barely even realizes it’s a holiday until it’s upon her.

We were a good team, but now the “heart” of the office is gone and I don’t know that it can (or should) ever be filled. Likely a new “Sharon” will come in to fill her office. Her pictures of her dog and grown children will be replaced with someone elses life. And that will be strange. I’m not sure any of us are ready for that. Big shoes to fill. On behalf of our deeply saddened office, Sharon — you will be (and already are) missed.


Entry filed under: Politics.

Happy Holidays? Goodbye 2008.

3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. William  |  December 31, 2008 at 10:46 am

    How awful! I’m sorry to hear that. It sounds unexpected, which is worse in a way because you have no time to come to grips with it. You go to work and there it is, unexpected and terrible.

    This has been a rough year in general, it seems.

  • 2. William  |  December 31, 2008 at 10:48 am

    Even though I didn’t know Sharon, I’ll raise a drink for her tonight and tomorrow. It’s the least I can do for her.

  • 3. Scott K  |  January 1, 2009 at 1:25 am

    I was really sorry to read about this loss.

    You mention her death was unexpected. I feel for her family, friends, and coworkers.


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