Cam & Cal

Livin' the C^2 Dream

Sawheeaaat TEA, Alabama

In just 25 days Cameron and I have…:
  1. married

    Oh Happy Day

  2. flew back to TX after 2 day (generous estimate here…) honeymoon in Colorado
  3. tracked to Helos in AL
  4. celebrated with the T-6 12-07 class
  5. packed our things
  6. sold the Jeep
  7. sold that darn motorcycle
  8. said goodbye to AF & Del Rio friends

    Peace Del Rio!

  9. packed up the moving truck (with all the wedding gifts inside!)
  10. stopped at Chick-Fila
  11. drove to LA
  12. saw swamps
  13. drove through Florida

    soo esssiitteeeddd to move!

  14. then to Fort Rucker, AL
  15. signed a lease

    new home on post

  16. spent $ we didn’t earn at Target
  17. rode in a helicopter

    at the airshow where we were kissing the tops of trees

  18. smashed a huge spider
  19. celebrated Cameron’s 25th birthday

    Cam and his friend "pineapple upside down cake"

  20. made pineapple upside down cake for the 1st time
  21. bought washer and dryer
  22. started Helo training…
  23. learned about the Boston Massacre, the Boston Tea Party, and the Battle at Lexington and Concord (I learned this at a mere 24 years of age…Cameron knew these things already, of course…)
  24. have not been apart since we have been married!
  25. started something I never thought I would do…a blog…only for you family and friends!

Let me leave it to Dr. Suess for the insight and “theme poem” for Cameron and I’s new life and adventure together…

Today is your day,
You’re off to Great Places!
You’re off and away!

You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself
any direction you choose.
You’re on your own. And you know what you know.
And YOU are the guy who’ll decide where to go.

You’ll look up and down streets. Look ’em over with care.
About some you will say, “I don’t choose to go there.”
With your head full of brains, and your shoes full of feet,
you’re too smart to go down any not-so-good street.

And you may not find any
you’ll want to go down.
In that case, of course,
you’ll head straight out of town.

It’s opener there
in the wide open air.

Out there things can happen
and frequently do
to people as brainy
and footsy as you.

And when things start to happen,
don’t worry. Don’t stew.
Just go right along.
You’ll start happening too.


You’ll be on your way up!
You’ll be seeing great sites!
You’ll join the high fliers!
who soar to high heights.

You won’t lag behind, because you’ll have the speed.
You’ll pass the whole gang and you’ll soon take the lead.
Wherever you fly, you’ll be best of the best.
Wherever you go, you will top all the rest.

Except when you don’t.
Because, sometimes, you won’t.

I’m sorry to says so
but, sadly, it’s true
that Bang-ups
and Hang-ups
can happen to you

You can get all hung up
in a prickle-ly perch.
And your gang will fly on.
You’ll be left in a Lurch.

You’ll come down from the Lunch
wuth an unpleasant bump.
And the chances are, then,
that you’ll be in a Slump.

And when you’re in a Slump,
you’re not in for much fun.
Un-slumping yourself
is not easily done.

You will come to a place where the streets are not marked.
Some windows are lighted. But mostly they’re dark.
A place that could sprain both elbow and chin!
Do you dare to stay out? Do you dare to go in?
How much can you lose? How much can you win?

And IF you should go in,should you turn left or right…
or right-and-three-quaters? Or maybe not quite?
Or go around and back and sneak from behind?
Simple it’s not, I’m afraid you will find,
for a mind-maker-upper to make up his mind.

You can get so confused
that you’ll start in to race
down long and wiggled roads at a break-necking pace
and grind on for miles across weirdish wild space,
headed, I fear, toward a most usless place

The Waiting Place…

…for people just waiting.

Waiting for a train to go
or a bus to come, or a plane to go
or the mail to come, or the rain to go
or the phone to ring, or the snow to snow
or waiting around for a Yes or a No
or waiting for their hair to grow.
Everyone is just waiting.

Waiting for the fish to bite
or waiting for wind to fly a kite
or waiting around for Friday night
or waiting, perhaps, for their uncle Jake
or a pot to boil, or a Better Break
or a string of pearls, or a pair of pants
or a wig with curls, or Another Chance.
Everyone is just waiting.

That’s not for you!

Somehow you’ll escape
all that waiting and staying.
You’ll find the bright places
where boom bands are playing.

Oh, the places you’ll go! There is fun to be done!
There are points to be scored. There are games to be won.
And the magical things you can do with that ball
will make you the winning-est winner of all.
Fame! You’ll be famous as famous can be,
with the whole wide world watching you win on TV.

Except when they don’t.
Because, sometimes, they won’t.

I’m afraid that some times
you’ll play lonely games too.
Games you can’t win
’cause you’ll play against you.

All Alone!
Whether you like it or not.
Alone will be something
you’ll be quite a lot.

And when you’re alone, there’s a very good chance
you’ll meet things that scare you right out of your pants.
There are some, down the road between hither and yon,
that can scare you so much you won’t want to go on.

But on you will go
though the whether be foul.
On you will go
though your enemies prowl.
On you will go
though the Hakken-Kraks howl.
Onward up many
a frightening creek,
though you arms may get sore
and your sneakers may leak.

On and on you will hike.
And I know you’ll hike far
and face up to your problems
whatever they are.

You’ll get mixed up of course,
as you already know.
You’ll get mixed up
with many stray birds as you go.
So be sure when you step.
Step with care and great tact
and remember that Life’s
a Great Balancing Act.
Just never forget to be dexterous and deft.
And never mix up your right foot with you left.

And will you succeed?
Yes! You will indeed!
(98 and 3/4 percent garanteed!)


be your name Buxbaum or Bixby or Bray
or Mordecai Ali Van Alenn O’Shea
you’re off to Great Places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting.
So… get on your way!

-Oh, The Places You’ll Go! -Dr. Suess


9 comments on “Sawheeaaat TEA, Alabama

  1. Joe
    September 28, 2011

    Thanks for doing this, Callie! Such a thoughtful girl!!! But what’s with the “that darn motorcycle”!!?? That’s an awesome motorcycle! There are people in India riding bicycles who would love to have that…..oh, well. You probably have enough to worry/pray about without worrying/praying about an awesome motorcycle. Love you.

  2. Gregory S. Jackson
    September 28, 2011

    Hi sweetie –
    Well -I figured it out – I am signed up for new posts and ALL comments via e-mail!


  3. theresa jackson
    September 28, 2011

    Oh my oh my this was wonderful and esssciting for me to read. I could tell you were essscited to do it. (spell check keeps telling me to change how I spell exciting!)( Little does it know that is how Callie says it!) I love you both and it is so good to be along for the ride!

  4. Uncle Mark
    September 28, 2011

    and why didnt you contact your uncle about buying the bike ???

  5. Renie
    September 28, 2011

    You are amazing Callie, I too think it’s so essiciting and I am proud of you for doing a blog. It’s fun for me to follow you guys….I had to laugh at Joe’s comment about the motorcycle! If I were you I would say the same thing!!! But I understand !!! Thanks for keeping us up to date. I love you lots. Talk to you soon.

  6. Karen
    September 29, 2011

    Loved this! So glad you are there and settling in alright Callen. My Mom is here and she says “Hi”. So glad you have trees that don’t have thorns, and that you could climb, and ones that probably offer shade. The house looks very cute and I know you are making it homey! Still praying for you and Cameron as you start down the marriage walk and for a perfect job for you as well! Keep moving forward.

  7. Aunt Kathy
    September 29, 2011

    C and C…..Thank you for not contacting your uncle about the motorcycle. 😉 Dr. Seuss is the best.

  8. Jeanette
    September 29, 2011

    I enjoyed reading your blog. THANKS for including me! Miss you friends!

  9. Livia
    October 3, 2011

    love the blog callie! i miss you guys- see you in November!

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