Did you know that the Pledge of Allegiance has additional verses? They’re probably not as well known as the original pledge but I still think they’re quite catchy. This is what Anna recited after returning home from school the other day:
I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America,
And to the republic for which it stands,
One nation under God, in-vi-dis-ible,
On Earth as it is in Heaven,
Two days later she had the correct version down pat but I must admit her first attempt was probably my favorite.
I get such a kick out of the girls' sense of time or should I say lack thereof. Anna will see something she wants at a toy store. If I tell her we won't be getting it today, she says, "Okay, how about for my next birthday or when I'm 18?" She also asks if we'll let her walk to school by herself when she's 30. Yesterday she told me she really liked going to church. She said we should go all the time and asked, "How 'bout we go again next spring?"
While living in Nebraska we had a hail storm come through that shattered our outdoor glass table. Anna has seen photos of it and we've talked about it once or twice since then. We recently started recording episodes of "Magic School Bus" for the girls to watch. After one cartoon about space and the planets, Anna asked, "Mommy, why did a meteor fall from the sky and break our table?"
I had a parents' orientation at Anna's school the other day and so the girls stayed with a babysitter. When I returned I asked them what they had for dinner. Anna responded, "Basagna and green beans."
This was the first time the girls have really been old enough to appreciate the olympics. I explained how athletes come from all over the world to compete. I pointed out the Chinese, the Americans, Russians and Ukrainians among others. I was quite surprised by how “into it” the girls were. I heard Anna telling Lauren about Michael Phelps. “Lauren”, she said, “there’s this one athlete who has more gold medals than anyone in history EVER. He’s a champion.” This was followed by Lauren calling us over to the television to watch men’s synchronized diving. “Hurry guys”, she said, “It’s the Krussians!”