God Bwess 'merica
By: CT Dawson
I was so proud to see my 2-yr. old grandson walking around waving one of my extra car flags in the living room the other day. He had taken it off the table when I went into the kitchen and was waving it high above his head, singing..."God Bwess 'Merica." It brought chills bumps over my arms and tears to my eyes as I returned to the living room to see what he was up to. I immediately starting waving my hands up in the air too, joining in on his song, and praising him on how good he was doing.
A few minutes of singing and he headed off to his next adventure. However before he took flight, I spun him in my direction to head him off and asked, "Where did you learn to sing that song?" He quickly replied, "daycare." I am very proud that both of my grandsons learned to sing God Bless America at their daycare. They also recite the Pledge of Allegiance every morning. Does this make me proud too? Absolutely.
We can all learn so much from the innocence of our young children. While our children stand together, with hands over their hearts and recite the words of our Pledge of Allegiance, they do not care who is standing beside them. They don't care what race that person is, what class, or what religion. They are all on a mission…together. They are learning what respect, pride, and honor is for the flag that stands for everything this country represents.
Children are not born with prejudice toward race or religion. Sit at a park or daycare some day and observe them playing together. They are taught this from us…the adults. We are their idols. We know all. The only time when bitterness among them is present is when someone took the best toy or cut in line at the water fountain.
I hope that I will never have to tell my grandchildren that they cannot recite that Pledge of Allegiance anymore. Because they will ask, "But, why not Nannee?" Am I supposed to tell them that we were wrong? That those idols and all-knowing adults, which they look up to for everything, changed their minds? I hope they will never have to be reluctant or ashamed to stand with their little hands over their hearts and recite those words. I hope they will never learn that there was once controversy over the words "One nation under God."
I feel blessed to have had a lifetime full of acquaintances from all sorts of backgrounds. It has taught me diversity and respect for others. I was also raised reciting the words to our Pledge of Allegiance in my classroom everyday. I don't recall ever once having heard that it offended anyone.
The people of the United States suffered a tremendous blow on September 11, 2001, a day that changed our way of life in this country forever. We lost thousands of lives in an instant that can never be replaced. Right now this country, or this entire world for that matter, is hanging on a delicate thread. Why create controversy and anger to an already anxious situation among our people in this country? Why now?
So what is my youngest grandson up to lately? He is fascinated over the American flag. Every time we take a drive in the car that little head pops up in his car seat and he screams, "Look Nannee a fwag!" I have to say, "What kind of flag is that?" He excitedly replies, "merica". The pride glows on his face. We still sing "God Bwess 'merica" and we still recite the "Pwedge of 'wegence" too.
Our children. I will say it again; we can learn so much from them.
Allegiance to the flag
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