Christina's 4th Grade Photo
Christina was born in Salem, Oregon, six days late. I
think it was because it was snowing on her due date (her mother and my first
anniversary). Even so, she was always small as a youngster, in the fifth
percentile. Her doctor was concerned about it and sent her to a specialist who
put her on an enriched formula diet. It is hard to know if it helped any, but
she remained small for her age.
She was using the computer by the time she
was two years old, using the mouse to play picture games. Her "favorite color"
would change every day. It seemed she would pick one out of the blue every
morning and that would be it for the rest of the day. When she was little, I
used to call her "Kid", but as she got older, she decided she didn't like that,
so I did my best to stop calling her that.
Christina's Graduation Photo
She went to Kindergarten in a Portland
public school. She picked up reading quickly and excelled in it. Then her
mother and I home schooled her for the first three regular grades, having her
tested each year by the Multnomah County ESD. After three years, she seemed to
be getting bored, so we discussed it together and agreed we would send her back
to public school for the Fourth Grade. She did fine.
After her mother and she left and moved to
Salem, and after I got through the initial shock, I began writing letters to
her about once a week. She has been writing back about once a month.
She has since gotten her own computer, a
digital camera, and a Palm Z22. She began e-mailing me. I got word
that she is now "mobile". We now communicate mostly by e-mail.
She is busy with both school and church activities.
With the exception of my one year at Chemeketa Community
College (1992-93), nearly all computer classes, her grades are better than
mine ever were.
Christina and Isaac
She is now in her Freshman year of college at Chemeketa Community College. She's
working on a major in Photography and minor in Video Production or possibly something
involving computers (since she's on them so much anyways). In her spare time (any time
she's not in school or doing homework), her main hobby is hanging out with her friends
and her boyfriend Isaac. If she can't be with her friends she likes to talk to them
online, be entertained by youtube, make music videos, sing, learn her guitar, take
photos, write songs, play Guitar Hero and watch TV/DVDs.