Monday, August 01, 2005

Birth Story

I just finished reading Twice Adopted by Michael Reagan. In it, the author is discussing how his life changed when his dad became President; and one of the biggest changes was "the constant presence of the Secret Service.":
In 1983, Colleen was about to give birth to our second child, Ashley. Cameron was by natural childbirth; Ashley was by appointment. They gave Colleen an epidural anesthetic, so she was awake for the birth. After Ashley was born, the first thing Colleen heard was the crisp, professional voice of a Secret Service agent speaking into his walkie-talking, "We have an arrival. Raindrop has arrived. Repeat - Raindrop has arrived."

Before she even heard our daughter cry or heard her name spoken, Colleen heard Ashley's Secret Service code name. Colleen couldn't see anything but the ceiling, so she looked at me and said, "Who's in the room?"

I looked around the crowded birthing room and said, "A better question would be, 'Who's not in the room?'"

Colleen groaned. "The Secret Service! Isn't anything private anymore?"

Cute story. Good book.

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