Well, speaking for myself, I’d like a better Pledge of Allegiance. Most people complain about the national anthem being difficult, but I find the Pledge totally forgettable. Indivisible? Who uses that in conversation? Mathematicians? I never remember the words and keep getting them confused with song lyrics and advertising slogans.
This concerns me.
Why, I wonder, can I recite the Crest pledge word for word — Crest has been shown to be an effective decay preventive dentifrice when used in a conscientiously applied program of oral hygiene and regular professional care — but stumble through the Pledge of Allegiance?
I don’t even use Crest, never have (FYI: my toothpaste of choice has always been Colgate). Nor did I begin sixteen years of school days by facing a tube of Crest and pledging my loyal and undying allegiance. Yet there it is, “an effective decay preventive dentifrice”, stamped on my brain. Why? It’s pretty clinical.
When I recite the Pledge of Allegiance, though, it comes out as an odd mix of that, the Star Spangled Banner, and the Girl Scout oath. Then, more often than not, I tack on an “amen” at the end. What in the world is going on? Is it just me or does this happen to everyone?
I don’t think of myself as unpatriotic. Forgetful, sure, and scatter-brained, but not unpatriotic. However, this need not happen; you can be ready when the occasion presents itself. Simply clip out the handy, dandy Pocket Pledge, laminate it, slip it into your wallet or purse, and keep it with you at all times. Pretty neat, eh?
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