Disrespect…or what kids learn from watching us, part 2

A couple weeks ago, I was at my daughter’s school musical.  As we all sat around in the nicely restored, antique, but uncomfortable seats waiting for the performance to begin.  There was much chatting, laughing between patents and children in the audience.  Fairly close to ‘on time’, the principal got on stage said “hello” and began speaking her “welcoming remarks.”  The audience began to quiet…to a point.  About a third or so of the folks just continued to chatter on as if what she said didn’t matter.  Many of the voices weren’t even lowered to whispers.  It was quite rude and disrespectful.  I’d bet that many of these jack wagons yell at/teach their kids to be quiet when they talking to them, but their kids got a first-hand example of what mom and dad really think that night.

The principal finished by asking us to stand and turning the mic over to two students to lead us in The Pledge of Allegiance.  I didn’t look around, but from what I could see, most, if not all, stood, placed their hands over their hearts, and recited the pledge.  No problem, except for the jack ass (yes…he deserves a bit stronger name than jack wagon) who failed to remove his hat.

I’m not arguing that we go back to the days of men always removing their hats indoors, or that men tip their hats to ladies…but absolutely, hats need to be removed when paying honor to our flag.  Yes, there are exceptions to that rule, but this certainly wasn’t one of them.

Personally, my decision to remove my hat indoors depends on the location.  Mall/store…nope.  Restaurant…yep, after I’m seated –even fast food joints.  Someone’s house…depends on how long I’m going to be inside, but, generally…yep.  Again, these are my own personal choices, but my hat always comes off for the flag.  Even in foreign countries, respect should be paid for their customs.  I don’t expect foreigners to recite the pledge with their hand over their heart, but they should stand and remove their hats with the rest of us.

People talk all the time about how others don’t respect them, but many aren’t will to show the smallest, simplest forms of respect for others, our customs, and the customs of others.  It doesn’t usually take much.  And when you fail to show proper respect in front of your kids, you’re teaching them they don’t need to show it, as well.  Do the right thing, even when you don’t think your kids are watching, because they probably are.


UPDATE > > > >  Since making this post this morning, I found this video of Robin Williams on a USO Tour in Afghanistan.  It’s making its way around Facebook as if it just happened, but searching for it on YouTube turned up the video in much poorer quality from January 2008.  Current or not, it’s a good example of what I was talking about in the article.  Robin Williams is getting his stand-up going when…  Robin Williams learns about Retreat   (fyi…there are a few words of profanity)

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