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It was in Kindergarten that we first learned The Pledge. A rather old teacher was talking about it and he said "he'd had friends that had died under the flag", and meant that they'd died fighting in a war. I thought that he meant that people had died of heart attacks while saying the pledge.
I accepted the fact that I could die at any minute during The Pledge, and never see my family again. After reciting it for months, and no one had died, I came to the conclusion that the teachers were just trying to scare us into saying The Pledge every morning!
when I was in k-4th grade I went to a school with a lot of mexican-americans and a lot of them spoke spanish and so we said the pledge of alligiance in english and in spanish everyday, you can imagine my embarassment when I moved and they didn't do that at my new school and I was the only kid in class saying the pledge in spanish ahhahaha.
I used to think the Pledge of Allegiance contained the phrase "I pledge a Legion to the flag, and to the Republicans for which it stands." (need I add that my Dad was both an American Legion member and a staunch Republican?)
A friend of mine went over to the US for a year, and because we live in Australia, we never had to say the pledge. At the parent teacher interview in the middle of the year, her mother said to the teacher, "Natasha's finally learnt the words to the pledge" and the teacher said "Oh, don't you say that in Australia?"
When i was in kindergarten, I thought the part of pledge of allegiance (USA) went "and to the republic, for Richard stands". So every morning when we said the pledge, I'd turn and smile at the kid named Richard in my class at that part. I thought he was going to grow up, and automaticaly become president.
GREAT STUFF Up until about 2nd grade, i thought the pledge procceded something like this:
"I pledge alegence, to the frog, of theUnited States of America, and to the wee public, for witches hands, one nation, under God, invisible, with a little tea, and just rice for all!"
when i was in 1st grade i was very proud that i knew the pledge by heart. i also thought u had to say it every day, or u were to have some kind of punishment and if you skipped a day u had to make up for it another day. so on the weekends when we would go shopping on the way we would pass all the resturants with flags infront of them i would turn to the window and slowly sneek my hand up to my heart and mumble the pledge to myself.. if we were going to fast and i couldn't say the whole thing i would start over at the next flag.. lets just say i could say the pledge of allegence really fast and to this day never stumble over the words
When we said the pledge in class I thought it was "one nation under God, invisible..." I thought the country could be made invisible. It made me feel better because I was terrified of nuclear war.
When my class said the pledge, there is a line "for which it stands" and a young man came up to me and asked when we would learn the "witch's dance"
I thought the Pledge of Allegiance was "to the United Steaks of America," and that we were saying it to cows.
I pledge allegiance
To my dad in the United States of America
And for all the public
And kittens stand
With livers and justice for frogs
I used to substitute teach for first graders while I was in college. One day (back in the days when we were allowed to do these things) right after opening prayer we began reciting the Pledge of Alliegance. I listened carefully to the young man next to me. I knew it wasn't correct so I called him to the side and asked if he could teach me the words. He immediately stood up, very proud, shoulders back, hand over heart, and said, "I led the pigeons to the flag, at the United Station America.... it was everything I could do to resist embarrassing that child. I had to leave the room and get some air before I passed out. But think about it. Logic has it that you see pigeons sitting on top of flag poles all the time. HEY! Wait! maybe we have it wrong. HA HA HA
"I pledege allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the republic four witches stand. One nation, under God, invisible with liberty and justice for all. Amen."
OmiGod! Does everyone else know!! Four witches, invisible (or was God invisible?). OmiGod! What am I praying to?!
I used to think that the name of our American flag was "Salute" and I went around pointing at the flag and saying "Salute, the flag!"
Years later I also thought that there was a General named "General Welfare" and that he was really important because written right into the preamble of our constitution is "...promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty...."
We used to start each day in my kindergarten class with the Pledge of Allegiance. Being a kindergartner, I had no idea what exactly it meant, but I did understand enough to know it meant I was agreeing to SOMETHING. So, to avoid accidentally committing myself to something major before I understood it, I would just mouth the words, letting everyone else's voice cover for me.
whenever I would say the pledge and it got to that part "from which it stands" I would always imagine witches flying around the flag and to this point I still do but I know thats not what it means!
I used to believe that when we said the Pledge of Allegiance, we were actually pledging to be soldiers.
So I went home and I said, "Mommy, don't send me to a war!!"
And she looked at me as if I had four eyes. "What happened?"
"They made us say the pledge of Allegiance!"
So she explained it to me. And since I had told EVERYONE in my little class that we were going to some "war", I had to explain it to them too.
Stupid on my part, lol.
I used to believe that I would get in serious trouble for not saying the pledge. Tried it out one day, got dragged to the office, and got informed by the principal that it was my right not to say the pledge. Woohoo for opening my eyes to my rights!
The first time I heard the pledge of allegiance was on my first day of kindergarten, and I didn't know what it was. I thought that it was a spell, and that when it was done the whole class would be teleported to the Statue of Liberty and we would spend the rest of the school year there, only learning about the U.S.
up until the 6th grade (embarrasingly enough) I thought that we as a class pledged our allegiance to the united states of america, and to the republic for Richard Stanz, one nation...etc.
It wasn't until I looked up Richard Stanz, in a history book, and couldn't find the name of what must have been our country's #1 patriot.