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Running late is easily one of the most stressful situations in a young person’s life. For anyone that’s had “Lombardi Time” drilled into their skull from a young age, being late anywhere is a serious taboo. Some of us aren’t above hitting old folks with a Walter Payton stiff arm just to beat the clock between 12:29 and 12:30. It’s part of being a professional.
Then, there are people like Royce Thompson, a kindergartner from Santa Fe who didn’t let the clock step on what he believed in.
From Fox News:
Kindergartner Royce Thompson of Santa Fe, Texas was running late to class when he stopped just outside the entrance to his school, because he heard the students inside reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.
Ignoring the clock, Thompson also took a moment to say a short prayer, Jackie Ibanez reported on Fox and Friends.
“Thank you, God. Thank you for giving me a wonderful day,” he prayed.”
It’s a real breath of fresh air to see a young person taking time to honor his country like that. There are full-grown adults who are unwilling to stand for the anthem and who routinely call for the abolishment of the Pledge from schools — but not Royce.
Someone needs to bid this kid ASAP. He’s going to be the pledge who refuses to budge when he’s called upon for the creed or a can of dip regardless of the situation. Sure, maybe he’ll keep lineups waiting on a Sunday, but you kind of have to respect that out of a person. Either that, or plug him in at QB for his peewee team, because this kid has ice water in his veins. He’ll hit every audible and then throw a shot to his hot receiver with the clock at zero. That’s just part of the job.
Hats off to Royce’s parents for teaching him there are things more important than a clock. Maybe he caught a stern talking-to for being tardy, but even that has to come with a grain of salt. Keep doing you Royce. You’re turning into a damn fine American..
[via Fox News]