LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- More than 30 years ago at Five Forks Middle School in Gwinnett County, a romance blossomed. It was a time when bodies were changing a lot faster than minds. And in the midst of all that transformation, an 11-year-old boy's heart opened up.
"She had a beautiful smile," Scott Gilbert said. "I think I had a crush on almost as soon as I saw her."
The girl was Cristi Williams, Scott's classmate. The two 'dated', briefly. Cristi said it was "For about a week or two weeks." She said a girlfriend had a crush on Scott so she stepped aside. After seventh grade, Cristi moved away. The two saw each other a few times over the years, then lost contact altogether.
"I never saw or heard from him again, for 23 years." In those 23 years Scott and Cristi married other people. Scott had two daughters.