Thursday, September 19 is my son Chris' birthday. He would have been 37 years old had he not been killed. I don't want to focus on his death, but rather on his life. From the start he was a very sweet and happy baby and very bright. He always asked a lot of questions. I have very happy memories of reading to him as a child. These memories helped inspire me to write my books. As I write, I often think Chris would like this or Chris would think this is funny.
Chris' paternal grandfather was a professional soccer player. From the age of two years, Chris showed signs of being a very good runner. At the age of nine he joined an Olympic caliber track club where he did very well in long distances and cross country. He won many ribbons and team trophies. He even went to National Junior Olympics three times for cross-country. His father and I were very proud of his accomplishments. After middle school years, he played soccer and basketball for the small private school he attended as he wanted to learn more about these sports.
In high school he also took up the guitar for his own pleasure. Although he took lessons, he was primarily self taught. He would spend hours composing one lyrical ballad after the other.
Chris had some very good friends. They liked his humor, loyalty and encyclopedic knowledge which he got from his father as well as his ability to reason with them and act as a peacemaker. He was an excellent driver and his friends always counted on him as the designated driver as he did not drink because of taking medication for attention deficit disorder. He was excellent in math, but because of his ADD had a hard time with the other subjects except history as he had learned so much from his father.
He was a very big help to me in caring for his father during his illness. Then he was very good to me when I went through cancer surgery and chemo. I miss his love, his humor and his companionship. His father and I loved him very much as did many people who still miss him.
Rest in peace, dear son. I know you are with Dad, little Amber and your grandparents. I hope you have found a guitar, a baseball card collection and some running shoes. I love you and miss you everyday.
May God hold you in the palm of His hand until we meet again. ---- Irish Blessing