My sister Janet and her family make a habit of saying grace before their evening meal. She has been trying to help Alex memorize it so that he can lead it sometimes.
Friday evening, everyone was ready to eat. However, Alex sat with his head bowed, eyes closed, with his hands out for the traditional hand-holding part of grace. Taking his cue, the others bowed heads, closed eyes and clasped hands. With his eyes tightly shut and holding hands with his Grammy and brother Zach, Alex recited the grace that he had memorized in school:
I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the republic for which it stands; one nation under God, indivisible; with liberty and justice for all.