My Dad, Part 1

We have slowed a bit.

Our passion for the open road (at least on the part of our youngest member) has cooled some. I still feel like I could drive for another two years before my anger subsides. But the ten year old runs the roost these days. He gets car sick.

So we were slow to leave my uncle’s home in New Orleans and head out to Alabama to my granddaddy’s house. Fortunately the drive was the shortest we’ve done yet beside Arizona’s to Sierra Vista.

We met my granddaddy and his wife for lunch at a nice little Mexican restaurant and then headed to their beautiful, quiet home in the small town of Bay Minette. It didn’t take long for my granddaddy to tell me that he had to catch himself because my son reminds him so much of my dad. Especially when he opens his mouth.

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My daddy, when he was just a boy.

I should explain here that my father passed away when I was only four. He was training to be a helicopter pilot with the navy and the helicopter he was in apparently had a malfunction where the engine stopped and then the helicopter exploded mid-air.

He was only 28.

My grandfather sat me down with photo albums and newspaper clippings and I spent the entire afternoon taking photos of everything to preserve them. They were almost destroyed (and many photos were) during Katrina. Many pages are water damaged or ruined.

It was then that I realized that the new home my granddaddy and his wife now live in is only a couple miles from where my daddy crashed.

I held back tears as I drove into Alabama remembering that my daddy had died in this state but I had no idea how close I would be staying.

The day was rich in stories, emotions and recollections. Tomorrow we plan to visit his grave and the base where he was stationed. Last time I visited where he was buried I was eight. I took him blue flowers. I hope to find some more blue flowers tomorrow before we head out.

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Katie McCall was born at Pomona Valley Hospital in Southern California by scheduled c-section as a frank breech due to the current medical system insistence that breeches should always be delivered that way. Katie's father's family was filled with teachers, her mother's family was filled with healers. It is no surprise then, that she went on to have her own two children and spend her adult life involved in a combination of teaching and healing through midwifery, childbirth education, doula work and serving families in Southern California. Katie attended USC for her general education and then went on to study with the American Academy of Husband Coached Childbirth to become a certified childbirth educator. Shortly thereafter, she certified as a birth doula (labor assistant) with the Association of Labor Assistants and Childbirth Educators. Katie was also mentored through a pregnancy and birth support business called The Birth Connection in Glendale, CA, which Katie later purchased and expanded to include a 1500 square foot education facility, retail store and birthing center. She enrolled in midwifery school and apprenticed with the midwives who ran the birth center as well as with midwives who attended homebirths. She sold her business to pursue her midwifery education full time in 2006 and passed her midwifery (NARM) exam to become a Certified Professional Midwife in 2008. She went on to gain her Midwifery License from the State of CA Medical Board in 2010. Katie has received supplementary education in lactation to become a lactation educator, vaginal birth after cesarean support, support of sexual abuse survivors, aromatherapy and is neonatal and CPR certified. She assisted over 500 couples through childbirth education and attended over 550 births as of 2011. As a Southern California native, she has a wide range of experience, serving mothers from diverse backgrounds. She believes her job is one of empowering women to develop their own trust and connection with their bodies and their babies during their own unique journey into motherhood. If she has learned anything through her experience with birth, it is that every birth is as different as the women who are laboring. On August 17th, 2011 Katharine “Katie” McCall, a licensed midwife, was convicted of practicing medicine with out a license for a 2007 birth she assisted as a student. The charge arose from a home birth where Katie's supervising midwife could not arrive because she was at another birth. Instead of leaving the family to birth unassisted, Katie stayed. She recommended that the family transfer to the hospital and the family refused. They were aware that she was only a student midwife and that she was unable to secure an overseeing mid
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