Mrs. Hammock GQ Interview
My name is Christina Macaluso Hammock and I am a Geneva parent and the Yearbook Adviser in the Journalism Department. I was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. I attended Ursuline Academy — the oldest Catholic girls school in the nation— and was a member of its 268th graduating class. I then went on to LSU where I earned my BFA in Studio Art with a concentration in Graphic Design and minors in Photography, Advertising and Art History.
I have been married to my husband, Chris, for 14 years. We met 20 years ago this summer, when I was studying art in Paris in college. We didn’t meet in Paris but in Switzerland when I was traveling with friends. He was from Colorado, which is how I ended up there after college. We have three children — Sophia (6th grade), Julia (4th grade) and Connor (incoming kinder) and moved from Colorado to Boerne in 2009.
I worked in advertising as a designer after college in the Denver area and ultimately, started my own freelance design firm. I’ve continued working in design ever since. I am also a photographer. I only did landscape and nature photography for years until I had kids, and then started taking pictures of my kids, which led to people asking me to take pictures of theirs. So, I did. I still maintain my business even now — Christina M Hammock Photography & Design.
It’s my background in design and photography that led me to the yearbook at Geneva.
1. What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Hanging out with my family and friends on a weekend night with no agenda and nothing to get up early for the next day! And coffee…always coffee!
2. What is your greatest fear?
Falling. Always has been.
3. What is the trait you most deplore in others?
Closed-mindedness. And arrogance. And ignorance. All of those things.
4. Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
Anyway. No worries. Gotcha. Seriously.
5. Which talent would you most like to have?
Singing…in my dreams, I would have been a star on Broadway.
6. Which fictional figure do you most identify with?
Elphaba…be who you are, even if you’re green! I’m sure there are others but this was the first one that came to mind.
7. What is your greatest regret?
Not traveling more with my husband before we had kids. So, we’re doing it now, just harder and more expensive with three extra people. Oh, and not going to grad school when I was still in “school mode.” One day I’ll get up the energy to get my MFA.
8. What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Being a wife and mother.
9. How would you like to die?
Peacefully, in my sleep at an old age, when I’ve accomplished all that I hoped to, personally and as a spouse, and have seen my children grow up.
10. What subject would be your dream to teach?
Honestly, I never imagined teaching but I couldn’t have found a better fit, if I tried, than in being the Yearbook Adviser. But if I could teach one other thing it would be a photography class – all black and white, film. No digital!