“Ceci’s Oath,” it's titled. Essentially, the sum of the words is an e-mailed list of a young child’s promises. Every oath should include a little wiggle room. And perhaps every child should take an oath, Ceci’s grandmother suggested.
“Ceci’s Oath,” it's titled. Essentially, the sum of the words is an e-mailed list of a young child’s promises.
“We will honor Portland,” it begins, and it continues with “We will listen to our president.”
The oath was crafted by Cecilia Vanderbeek, the young daughter of Joan and Casey Vanderbeek of Portland, Ore. Six-year-old Cecelia is the granddaughter of Marie Fromholtz of Canton, Ohio.
“She’s quite the character,” said Ceci’s grandmother, good-naturedly. “This happened last January, when the president was reciting his oath. She said, ‘I’m going to write my own oath.’ ”
Her words, speaking not just for herself, but for all children — including, presumably, her older sister, Brianna — promise to be mindful of the environment.
“We will not litter,” Ceci’s Oath promises, adding in explanation, “We will respect the earth” and “we will appreciate where we live.”
As the first-grader decided on each of the oath’s pledges, her mother wrote them down. A couple of the commitments — perhaps coincidentally — seemed intended to address the needs of not only the grand plan, but also one in place at home.
“We will only watch TV when our mom says it’s OK,” says Ceci’s Oath. “We will play outside more often.”
“We will get good grades,” continues Ceci’s Oath, adding, “We will try harder if we don’t.”
Ceci’s grandmother called the oath “cute.” “I thought it was pretty clever. Every now and then she’ll come up with something. She kind of knows what she wants and what she doesn’t want.”
“We will share our happiness. We will not get mad,” pledges her granddaughter, for example, before the youngster tempers her promise to allow for a little backsliding. “If we do we will (just) cry and stomp a little.”
Every oath should include a little wiggle room. And perhaps every child should take an oath, Ceci’s grandmother suggested.
“We will do our best to be good to everyone,” Ceci’s Oath continues in a manner that no doubt would make parents and grandparents everywhere proud.
“We will clean up our mess and share our things,” it concludes. “We will brush our teeth.”
Gary Brown writes for The Repository in Canton, Ohio. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.