I Can’t Remember the Pledge of Allegiance

How about an embarassing story for Throwback Thursday??

I was scrolling around on TiK-Tok and I watched a video that was poking fun at the students who did the morning announcements at school. Maybe I’m disillusioned, but I’m pretty positive that we had the aid, an actual adult, do the morning announcements. It wasn’t a student. I believe this was true, unless I lived in a simulation and am remembering incorrectly. I mostly believe that this is true because my senior year I was both class president of my class and I was student council president. So being student council president, I had to do random things for the school every once in a while, and sometimes that was doing the morning announcements.

I would do the morning announcements on days when something big was going on. I remember the day that I had to do the morning announcements, either for Veterans Day or Memorial Day. The event had something that had to do with the military and being patriotic because the student council decided that I would go on the morning announcements to lead the school in the Pledge of Allegiance.

This was 2014, 2013, and most schools no longer did the Pledge of Allegiance every single day, you know, to start our day at school. I don’t know if it was taken out at that point due to the ‘one nation under God’ thing or if it was just because of my school was lazy – probably both – but we stopped doing the Pledge of Allegiance somewhere between sixth or seventh grade.

Chloe in August 2013, the first day of Senior Year

The plan for the announcements was to read this little passage and then to lead everyone in the Pledge of Allegiance. I said, OK, no big deal. I wasn’t nervous to do the announcements. To prepare, I’m making my list and planning it out, but then it’s that morning of and I know I have to go through the announcements when I realize that I can’t remember the Pledge of Allegiance to save my life. I cannot remember what the Pledge of Allegiance to the United States of America.

I was so scared, so scared. I could’ve looked it up on my phone, but in my high school you couldn’t have your phones during the day. So I had to try to remember it from memory. So, you know, like you practice, you practice, you practice, you look it over, you look it over, you look it over on your phone. But then I had to go in and it wasn’t fresh on my mind anymore because I had to go read all the announcements and read this speech that was typed up. When it came time for “all right, everybody please rise and turn to the flag and put your hand over your heart,” I can’t remember what exactly I said. I’m pretty sure I blacked out for the entire Pledge of Allegiance.

But I know that when I went back to my class, I sat down and everybody was kind of laughing at me and snickering. All I could think was ‘oh, my God, I messed it up. I said something wrong. And obviously everybody heard me because I was over the announcements.’

I was on the loudspeaker. Everybody in my high school knows that I’m a dumbass. I don’t know what the Pledge of Allegiance is. I’m surprised the FBI didn’t break in and call me a communist or something.

There is no ending to wrap up this story. That Tik Tok brought forth a memory and I know you guys really like to hear about me being an idiot in high school and all of the embarrassing things that I’ve done. So, you are welcome for that one little tidbit.

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