Some kids are lucky……

I got a text from one of my sisters with grandkids Saturday.  It said “Are you sitting down?  This is said at every ballgame at both grandsons’ leagues!”

‘I trust in God.

I love my country.

I respect it’s laws.

I will play fair and strive to win.

But, win or lose, I will always do my best’

Ya, I was kind of surprised and delighted!  But then I learned this has been said for years through Little League.  Who knew?  Unless you played League, of course.    Still, it’s surprising they still do.

Is there anything you would add to that if you were the coaches?


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19 Responses to Some kids are lucky……

  1. bocopro says:

    In my life I’ve uttered four different oaths, (1) as a kid in a fraternal organization; (2) as a young man entering enlisted military service; (3) as a slightly older man being commissioned as an officer; and (4) as a man pledging to be a good husband and father.

    Oddly, each vow was given more than once: #2 twice as an enlisted man and #3 four times as an officer. I first made vow #4 to my wife back in ’61, but then the Navy said my paperwork was not in order, so we had to go to a judge and do it over (as a formality) so I could get family benefits.

    Then, since my wife is Catholic and I am not, she couldn’t take communion or do confession as she was living in sin according to church law and had no intention of ending our relationship. My personal opinion was that God really didn’t care if I was Catholic, Baptist, Buddist, or pagan so long as I genuinely loved her and took care of her and our children. But . . . the church is run by humans, not God, so . . . .

    About 10 years ago we went through all the pro-forma counseling to reassure the diocese that I am not The Evil One, after which the local priest insisted we go through the formal ceremony in his Sanctuary after the Archbishop gave Milady dispensation to marry a heathen she’d been living with for nearly half a century.

    The ceremony & vows weren’t necessary since our marriage was already legitimate by law and custom outside the Catholic church; all that was needed was the dispensation and a blessing from the local priest. But the ceremony was important to her, so we did it again . . . for the 3rd time. I’m beginning to get the idea that I’m definitely committed to the union.

    Here are the oaths I’ve sworn:

    1. On my honor, I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; to help other people at all times; to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight.

    2. I solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

    3. I solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.

    4. I take thee, Regina, to be my wedded wife, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish forever, according to the Good Book’s Holy Guidance, and thereto I give thee my pledge.

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  2. kidme37 says:

    Guess I would add something about behaving in the spirit of true sportsmanship regardless of anything that happens during the game outside or a blatant personal physical attack by some other player.

    I would also add that any parents who incite violence with other parents in attendance, or any person involved in the game itself such as other players or umpires/referees, for any reason, will be folded, spindled, mutilated, and not allowed to attend any future games. Further, if they decide to act like 3 yr old brats and not allow their children to play because of this, we will come to their house and beat them silly every day until they start acting like a grownup.

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  3. geeez2014 says:

    BOCOPRO….sadly, our kids need more pledges…though I don’t love being forced to say anything, they should want to say things like this, in my opinion. But then I believe they should stand for the Pledge and know the words to The Star Spangled Banner…which I doubt they do anymore.
    Re the Catholic church, I so much appreciate a lot of their reverence and ceremonial beauty in their tributes to GOD and so don’t admire what I call the BUSINESS of the Catholic church…..what MAN institutes…like “Your Aunt Harriet will get you into heaven if you tithe to the church”. I agree with you.
    I don’t believe in keeping a Catholic from marrying a non Catholic in the church.

    KID, I agree…and I think I WILL PLAY FAIR kind of covers behavior. And how about the KID not playing anymore if the parent acts badly? That might show the Kid there are consequences and MAYBE keep a good parent from showing his or her nasty stupid ego?!!!

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  4. kidme37 says:

    Z, In terms of playing fair/sportsmanship, I was thinking along the lines of playing fair and finish out the game regardless if it is your worst day ever :). Don’t take the ball and go home. So yea, play fair, but also play through the pain.

    And the kid not playing anymore would, in this context, not be there because his immature parent(s) didn’t allow him/her to.


  5. MAL says:

    Hey Bocopro! I took the same four oaths you did, also. My youngest daughter (now deceased0 also married a Catholic, but they approved her because she was baptized in the Armenian Church. Apparently the Catholic Church recognizes the 3 Orthodox churches: Armenian, Greek, and Russian because all there have churches in Jerusalem while the Catholics do not.
    Z, those little leagues might just be the last hope for our survival, right?

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  6. MAL says:

    That was suppose to be “ALL THREE”


  7. bunkerville says:

    Do you swear to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth so help you God? Yes…. Court cases that brought me to the knowledge decades ago that many are now just learning…. Lady Justice is not blind, nor does she care one wit if one is opposing the government. That the court system is rigged for those who have a fortune and can go on, and on and on while the lawyers make a fine living. They say our system of justice isn’t perfect but the best there is….. if so, pretty sad commentary.

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  8. geeez2014 says:

    KID, can they even TAKE the ball and go home from a Little League game?
    But, ya….put your all into everything you do and stick to it is great advice, too, definitely.

    BUNKERVILLE, my uncle and his neighbor have had a situation here in Bel Air, California….a house built above theirs, more than twice the size approved by the Beverly Hills Plan Checkers….it was inspected constantly and approved, though the plans bore almost no similarity to the actual house! So, in my uncle and his neighbor’s lawsuit is the Plan Checkers, too. They’ve both spent more than TWO MILLION in legal fees, imagine? The owner of the house is a famous Muslim Hipster whose daughter is a big famous model…..I won’t say their names here but they claim Uncle and Neighbor are racists against Muslims..!~!!!!
    No justice is NOT blind and it comes at sometimes a VERY high price.
    THough I DO like that we have public defenders for the poor, too, though I’ve never personally heard one worth anything to speak of.

    MAL: I like your take on Little League and our Survival……there IS something to groups which still encourage goodness and honesty and fealty to God, etc…. Yes, there is something to that.

    By the way, my doctor told me his 13 yr old daughter is in the BOY SCOUTS to which I rolled my eyes (he’s a conservative too but his wife is not and I figured she was behind that)…he said “NO! I felt like you do at first, but Girl Scouts is SO weak in its presentation of hard work/merit badges/ a philosophy of merit, etc., that he’s glad she’s in the BOY Scouts now. AAAAAND, HER troop in the BOY SCOUTS is ALL GIRLS!

    This taught me to be careful how I react to things without knowing everything behind it, you know?:” WHo knew Boy Scouts has GIRL TROOPS? I thought they were all together and din’t like the idea.
    Plus, this girl will go for her Eagle Scout…I’m not sure Girls even have that?


  9. kidme37 says:

    No just figurative.


  10. geeez2014 says:

    KID….I think a lot of kids do it literally, too! Spoiled brats who don’t get their way.
    Ya, figurative….what I call “Taking my toys and going home” even when adults are weak and get in a huff and leave!


  11. MAL says:

    Z, Girl Scouts are nothing but soft Boy Scouts! ;o)


  12. MAL says:

    I was a Boy Scout till I turned 16 then I became a Girl Scout!


  13. geeez2014 says:

    MAL..I’ll be you did SCOUT THE GIRLS by the time you were 16!:-)
    And ya, apparently, the ‘Girl Scouts’ organization IS soft Boy Scouts….but the girl members of THE BOY SCOUTS are not……!!! At least according to my doctor!


  14. bocopro says:

    A lotta the stuff I did as a Scout back in the 50s would be prohibited today — skinny dippin in ponds, sleepin on pine needles with pine boughs for blankets, catchin and cookin snakes, carryin knives, carryin rifles, skinnin rabbits ‘n’ squirrels, cookin meat ‘n’ fish on sticks over open fires, learnin how to hide from or sneak up on people, learnin the best knots for tyin things (like hands ‘n’ feet), drinkin water from creeks ‘n’ springs in the ground, climbin shale cliffs, practicin self defense tactics . . .

    ‘Course that was in the Indiana boonies, a LONG time ago, so . . . . . . kinda made Navy boot camp a restful experience, ‘cept for all the yellin and gettin kicked in the butt (which ain’t legal no more, neither).


  15. MAL says:

    Boco, I use to skinny dip, but now I chunky-dunk!


  16. bocopro says:

    Trouble with skinnydippin back then was it was damned hard to find girls to go along.

    Ennyhow . . . small town I grew up in bought up some land for expansion purposes back in the 40s. Right at the edge of town and easy to get to. Big enough parcel for guys to play whatever we had the equipment for – baseball, football, bike races . . . .

    Within walkin distance was a shallow pond, maybe 10’ deep and about 40 X 50 feet or so. Completely hidden by trees and undergrowth. We’d get all sweaty playin, then go over to the pond, shuck down, and rinse off/cool off before goin home.

    One time we saw a coupla girls spyin on us. One’s name was Patsy Neal (like the actress). They gathered up all our clothes (‘cept shoes) and ran off with ‘em.

    So there we were, 10 adolescent boys between 12 and 14, buck nekkid, walkin thru the cemetery to get our bikes and go to Mrs. Warburton’s house so we could call somebody to bring us some clothes. (she was a nice lady with a whole orchard fulla fruit trees – pears, apples, cherries, plums, grapes).

    Fortunately, by the time we got to the bridge over the creek where the first houses were, we saw our clothes draped over the concrete retainer wall, so we figured we were o.k. Story made the local newspaper next day, tho . . . no pics . . . we figured Patsy (who was about 16 at the time) called somebody to rat us out.

    EM – bar-ASS-in. Fortunately it was summertime, so we didn’t have to endure the inevitable humiliation at school the next day.


  17. Baysider says:

    BP and Mal, both great stories.
    Daughter in boy scouts. So sad. I think they do more interesting stuff too. But that’s no reason to breach the sanctity of ‘boy space.’ I think I’ll go plant my beans now.

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  18. MAL says:

    Great idea, Baysider! When I get old like you I’ll take up bean planting, too! ;o)


  19. geeez2014 says:

    BAYSIDER, they absolutely do NOT ‘breach’ any sanctity of boys….as I said above, the girls have their own troops…within the auspices of B.S. only because B.S. have more and far better programs.

    There IS no woman more against women invading male gatherings…I’m against it on the golf course, in private clubs….Anywhere. LEAVE MEN ALONE.
    This is not that.


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