Monday, October 17, 2011

Proud to be an American

I was driving along the other day and a song came on the radio.  Whenever I hear this song, as well as certain other songs like the National Anthem, I feel very patriotic.  Made in America by Toby Keith.

After the song finished, I started thinking.  Because somehow I was alone and it was quiet and I actually could think to myself without someone hollaring "MOM!".  I was wondering how many schools still say the National Anthem every morning and if it really "isn't cool" anymore.  According to my kids, our elementary school says it every day, all together.  The whole school.  I'm glad and proud.  Seriously, even if you don't believe in God, is it really all that painful to recite that one line?  Especially when the bulk of what you are promising doesn't even pertain to that one word.  You could even leave it out and the idea of the pledge would still remain.  Anyway--I'm glad that they say the Pledge of Alliegence every day. 

So feeling very proud about being an American, I continued my thinking.  Because I'm still alone and it's still mercifully quiet and my brain just can't believe it can put two thoughts together without interruptions!  I am so glad to be an American and live in this country.  I also want to be proud of what we do and what we stand for.  I think we stand for the right things, but I'm not sure we are doing all the right things.  I wish I could believe and understand the media and really understand what is going on and if we are making a difference anywhere.  I know we are spending a lot of money and losing a lot of lives.  I know that we are a wasteful and indulgent country and many of us aren't even thankful for all that we do have.  But instead we want more, more and more.  Use and spend.

I wish we could get out act together and work together to make this country as great as it should be. 

And then my phone rang.  And thus, ended my moments of thinking.

Do your kids say the Pledge every day?

Do you want them to?

Why don't we spend a little more for a tag that says USA?


Christi said...

My son's elementary school said the Pledge and prayed everyday but he was in Catholic school. And that is exactly one of the reasons why he was there. He said he hated it now but when he was there he did not seem to hate it at all. I think it is just the rebel in him right now!

You are right I wish we could come together as a country and do the right thing!

Teamarcia said...

hear hear sister! My kids say the pledge daily and I love that they do.

Carrie said...

I agree that it should still be said, but not mandatory. I remember everyone, including foreign exchange students, having to stand up in high school.

Missed you on Sunday. Hopefully we'll be able to meet up sometime to go for a run. Have a great week!

Christy @ My Dirt Road Anthem: A Runner's Blog said...

I am so proud to be an American and I love that Toby Keith song. My kids aren't in school yet but I hope they make them say the pledge.

Carrie said...

Okay commenting again to apologize that I just realized that you probably didn't get my emails about Sunday. Sometimes I can reply to the email notification when I get a comment, but just saw that when replying to yours in went to a no-reply address. Arg. Stupid blogger! I am so sorry, I wasn't blowing you off!!! I feel so terrible!