Bathtime for Logan is play time. Very often my Dad takes this chore on for me so that I can put Eli down to bed. It is just another little thing that provides much needed support. But when Logan's hair needs to be washed I usually bathe him. That boy has a LOT of hair.
"What should we sing?" I asked - like I always do when I wash his hair. "Wheels on the bus?" He shakes his head. "ABC's?" (always a favorite).
"No," he responds plainly.
"Umm.... Itsy Bitsy Spider?"
"Nope" he responds - a sly smile creeping across his face.
"Then what should we sing?" I asked, running out of options.
"Pwedge," he responded his smile becoming wider.
"Pwedge? What is 'pwedge'?" I thought to myself. And before I could figure it out, he began ...
"I pwedge a'legins to the flag of the 'nited nates of 'merica.
And to repubwic, for ich it stands, one nation, ununer God,
inninisible, wit litity and hustice for all!"
Soap in his hair, beaming smile on his face, my hands were frozen. He saw my tear.
"You 'kay?" he asked suddenly concerned. This wasn't the reaction he expected.
"Yes, buh-ga," I smiled back. "Very, very good, Logan," still processing everything that I was feeling.
"'gain?" he asked. I nodded and he began, " I pwedge a'legins..."
My two-year-old can say the pledge. Of course he says it how I would expect most two-year-olds to say it - but, my two-year-old can say the pledge. Logan has a speech problem - he struggles with so many words, with so many phrases, but he proudly and meaningfully says the pledge of allegiance.
How incredible that his daddy will hold that little boy and hear him say it for himself so very, very soon. How amazing will that moment be?
How absolutely incredible.
"I pledge allegiance to the flag, my heart to the soldier that defends it, and my never ending support to all who serve with him." - unknown
"A soldier doesn't fight because he hates what is in front of him. A soldier fights because he loves what he left behind." - unknown
"God is our refuge and strength. He will protect us and make us strong" (ps 46:1). For those who will fly today, for those who are there now, and for those who will soon join the fight, Lord, shield them from all evil, strengthen their hearts, and bring them home safely.