A Day to Serve
Last week, Sebastian came home with only one piece of homework...learning The Pledge of Allegiance by heart. Bash was going to lead the school in a special assembly. It was his job to tell the students, "Please stand, face the flag, place your right hand over your heart and repeat after me..." This was for the Martin Luther King, Jr celebration in the Michael Jackson Auditorium.
I thought it would be a great idea if Michael worked with Bash on his memorization, after all he directs theater. But because of his atheism and aversion to the concept of God, my husband told me he'd prefer not to. But I convinced Michael that Sebastian's success in this endeavor was bigger than his newly stringent beliefs, and rightly or wrongly he bought it. I did notice as Michael was going over the pledge with Sebastian, he'd conveniently omit the phrase "under God" probably confusing the poor child.
On Friday, Michael went to the morning performance and I attended the afternoon's. Dressed in what he calls his wedding outfit, a black Calvin Klein sports jacket that fits like a glove and tie, Sebastian did a great job. He certainly made his two daddies proud.
Still feeling unresolved anger from the shootings in Tuscon, I was deeply effected listening to my son say The Pledge of Allegiance followed by a program extolling Dr. King's message of peace.
Then the teacher who put the wonderful program together gave the children an assignment that I thought I'd share with you. Martin Luther King, Jr. said it was our duty to serve, and each child should do something today that helps someone else. Maybe that's an assignment we can all take on.
If you succumb to the temptation of using violence in the struggle...your chief legacy to the future will be an endless reign of meaningless chaos.
-Martin Luther King, Jr.