Oh, kindergarten, those glorious days. How some of us grownups would give to go back in time and learn the basics, use glue sticks, and make macaroni necklaces. Doesn’t that sound incredible?
Many of us also began our days this year by reciting the “Pledge of Allegiance” in front of the school flag. With our right palms on our hearts, the twenty or so of us were trying to recite the words. The artwork is adorable, but I think one boy’s version is even better.
A Texas mother named Lacey Nicole Holmes posted a video on Facebook that brought a lot of people to tears. This is a video of her 2.5-year-old kid in their living room, saying the Pledge of Allegiance.
Toddlers often sing nursery rhymes and tunes from television shows they enjoy (I still can’t stop hearing my kids sing Barney songs!).
You don’t see a young youngster lip-reading the lyrics of a patriotic hymn like our pledge every day. This small boy also knows exactly what he’s doing.
Holmes’s little boy may be seen in the video standing in their living room with a monster truck t-shirt on. As we were taught in school, he has put his right hand over his heart to show everyone what he has learnt.
The toddler tells his mother to start recording by saying, “Go.”
The toddler’s eyes flicker upward, giving the impression that he is looking at an American flag in the backdrop, even though there isn’t one visible in the footage. Then he begins to recite patriotic lines.
It’s immediately apparent that he is a little youngster who memorizes the Pledge of Allegiance. But as one might anticipate from a two-year-old, he pronounces the syllables way too preciously.
According to the US History website, Francis Bellamy penned the “Pledge of Allegiance” in 1892, but it was not exactly as it is today. The original text read as follows:
“I swear loyalty to my flag and the Republic it stands for.”
Additionally missing from the original version was “Under God.” With the addition of “under God” in 1954 and “the flag of the United States of America” in 1923, the Pledge of Allegiance changed over time.