I witnessed an amazing thing, right here in my little neighborhood on McKelvey Street.
I was wasting my time on the computer, listening to the neighborhood kids play in the background.
I could hear them picking football teams and deciding if they were going to be Steelers vs. Browns or USC vs. OSU.
You know how you listen but don't really pay attention? Suddenly it became very quiet. Out of curiosity, I got up to see what was going on. Slowly and quietly (much like the Who in the Grinch story) I heard the start of a song. It got louder and louder until every voice was singing in unison.
It wasn't just any song they were belting out at the top of there lungs either. Those wonderful neighborhood kids were singing the national anthem. They knew every word and every note. You see, just like at the big stadiums they were standing with their hands over their hearts waiting to play ball.
As if that wasn't enough, just to make sure they were really representing our country they recited "The Pledge of Allegiance" complete with "under GOD" before someone yelled, "Play Ball!."
It made me realize today,that the American spirit is still alive in the faces and voices of our children.