“[Kids] don’t remember what you try to teach them.
They remember what you are.”
As any educator worth their salts will tell you…
let’s not make this just a teacher thing…
As any person who has ever worked with young people, will tell you…
a visible and physical lesson will go further in making a profound impression
and lasting remembrance than any lecture, paper or book.
Currently it appears as if there are many of us who are dumbfounded, flummoxed, sad
and down right angry as to the widespread level of disrespect currently rippling though
this country as far as our flag, our national anthem, the office of the president,
etc, etc, etc…
are each concerned.
“Why don’t they get it???!!”
we shout at the television when each new “protest” is broadcast.
Well today I saw a teachable moment about this very issue that should be shared.
My husband and I had gone to Home Depot in search of some sort of downspout
There we were in the cavernous building,
wandering far off to some lone aisle searching deep within the bowels
of all things home improvement…
my husband seeking as I wandered behind a few steps pondering
if I should go find some plants that might need a new home….
when I was jolted back to the current moment as I heard
the alert on my phone informing me that I had
just received an email.
It was one of those forward things from my cousin.
Some of those things are interesting and good,
while some of those are utterly stupid or trash.
Curious, I clicked on it.
A couple of moments in,
I hollered out to my husband to halt in his tracks and come look at this.
There we stood, the two of us alone on a mostly forgotten aisle,
in a massive home improvement store,
on a Sunday afternoon,
staring at my phone with tears now streaming down our faces….
For you see…in this forwarded video clip we see a coach who is living and teaching
by example to each one of his players…
He offers a profound teaching moment to a group of young men as to why they are to
spend those early 2 minutes prior to each of their ball games giving their flag, their
National Anthem and their Country their full attention and respect….