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The Curious Case of Chelsea Valentine: My Past, Present, and Future Written for ESSE 313
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“Strange as it may seem, my life is based on a true story.” -Ashleigh Brilliant, English author and cartoonist Every person has a story, and each one of these tales manifests itself in different ways. In general, however, stories have the same underlying theme of a beginning, middle, and end. My life’s story is best told in terms of the past, present, and future. While my life, just as any other, is overflowing with memories and experiences, discussing those milestones that have had a profound impact on my development and personality will aid in providing an accurate portrait of exactly who I am. My Past: From Birth Through College Look back nine months from the date of my birth and you will find yourself reliving Valentine’s Day in 1986. My mother decided to take advantage of this romantic holiday and “trick” my father into having another child. My dad was one of the many parents who felt that a one-child family provided less financial pressure and more time to pursue his career. On the other hand, however, my mom wanted more than one child due to the fact that she did not have to worry about overindulgence and wanted her children to be “friends.” On November 13, 1986, almost nine months to the day, I was born in Huntington Beach, California at Humana Hospital. While the average newborn weighs approximately 7 ½ pounds, I weighed in below this standard at 6 pounds 9 ounces. True to what would eventually become my overachieving nature, I got a perfect score on my APGAR scale and there were absolutely no complications accompanying my arrival. At a mere three days old, my father got orders to Guam and my family made the move to the small island. It will become evident that constant relocation is one of the underlying themes that helped define my development. From the development of my smile at birth, my social smile at about 8 weeks, and my laugh at approximately 4 months, I was what many considered to be the happiest baby they had ever seen. In the same fashion, I was what would be defined as a child with an “easy” temperament in that I adjusted easily to the many novel situations I was placed in (such as
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moving) and was, in general, a very cheerful child. Perhaps a result of my temperament, I was also what would be defined as “securely attached.” While I rarely cried when left with a babysitter, I still was delighted to see my mother upon her return. Throughout my infancy and toddlerhood, I was what many would consider “overweight.” My mother has always gotten thrills from telling stories about how I was so chubby that she had to clean between my fat rolls at bath time. Fortunate for me, however, my weight gain during this time did not lead me to follow the trend of maintaining a high weight throughout my life.
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This note was uploaded on 11/03/2010 for the course ESSE 313 taught by Professor Hecht during the Spring '10 term at Old Dominion.

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