I was at the girls' school this morning signing them in because we were a couple minutes late and we arrived during the morning announcements being made over the loud speaker. When the announcements were done, the speaker began the Pledge of Allegiance. I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America And to the Republic, for which it stands, One nation, under God, indivisible, With liberty and justice for all. I wasn't paying much attention until I noticed the secretaries stood up and put their hands over their hearts and then the man next to me (another parent), turned around and put his hand over his heart. Once I realized what was going on... I turned around and the girls were already facing a flag in the corner of the lobby with their hands over their hearts, so I joined in the recitation about the time we got to "for which it stands". I didn't know they still say the Pledge of Allegiance every morning in the middle school. I'm so glad they do. And I was happy to be there this morning to experience it. Isn't there something cool about being in a group of people you don't really know, but everyone knows the protocol, shares a common "allegiance", recites the same words in unison.... ? I think so.