Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Kid-bits: The Pledge

We got an e-mail update from Teagan's school today. It talked about what is coming up in September and what things are going on in each of the classrooms. Miss Lori said that each class starts the day by saying the Pledge of Allegiance. So this evening, we asked Teagan about saying the Pledge everyday... and asked if she would please tell us how it goes. "I pledge to the Lord, and God, who is Christ. And that Jesus. And the astronauts are the except. United States. The polish at the United States like Conner Prairie's balloon. God has choosen us for our life so he can help us." I think that whole separation of church and state thing might blow her little mind someday...

6 comments:

mimbles said...

LOL Cute :-)

My recollection of the US Pledge of Allegiance is of deep resentment at being expected, as an Australian visiting the US, to stand up with the rest of the class and say it when I was attending grade 3 at school in Boulder. Being the subversive type that I am I would mouth but not speak the words :P

KPCL Girl said...

Okay, don't EVER lose that. Keep a hard copy somewhere, so 20 years from now when the internet (like cassette players and VCRs before it) has morphed into something else and you can't access the pages of your blog anymore, you'll have it somewhere and you'll be able to dig it out and show it to her--and then go to counseling.... ;-)

Eternal Lizdom said...

@mimbles... That really sucks. I'm sorry that happened to you. I'd like to think that Americans would be more understanding and open-minded to the situation now. I'm not confident in that, though. But I think that the chance of getting a teacher who understood is better. And you might even happen upon someone who would use the opportunity as a teaching tool to learn about Australia and our relationship with your country.

@KPCL... I know, right?!! This girl cracks me up. When we first asked her about it- the e-mail said a lot of the kids seem to already know it by heart- she started singing some made up song. So we explained what The Pledge was- then she remember that they say it everyday. And then she piped up with that craziness up there. Ha! Now I really hope she does become an astronaut or a pastor someday because this one will stay with her a good long time!

mimbles said...

Oh, I don't think I ever said anything about it to the teacher, who was lovely, I just fumed quietly inside. I imagine if I'd asked to be excused I would have been but I wasn't one to challenge authority openly at that age ;-) It just happens that a memory of the whole class standing up and reciting and me feeling really wrong about it is one of only a handful of clear memories I have from that age.

What I want to know from Teagan is where the astronauts come into it. Conner Prairie's balloon on the other hand makes perfect sense....

Lori said...

I am DYING!!!!!

Unknown Mami said...

I do not know that particular pledge.