A daily ritual for 22 years - Chick and Ruth's Delly in Annapolis
|Pledge of Allegiance to the flag - but why is one man sitting?!|
Home of the US Naval Academy, Annapolis is a patriotic town. It's so patriotic that the hustle and bustle of serving customers comes to a complete halt every morning at 8:30 a.m. (9:30 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday) at Chick and Ruth's Delly as customers, servers, and cooks recite the Pledge of Allegiance.
This ritual, which has been a daily event since 1989, always reminds me of the long ago days in elementary school when I said the Pledge of Allegiance to the American flag with my classmates every morning and makes me realize how different my childhood was from that of our American/Swiss children. For some reason, perhaps to reassure myself that I raised world citizens who also merit their American passports, I always confirm that they know the words, "I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, with liberty and justice for all." I know, I know - it annoys them too, but it's one of those things that I can't seem to help!
We usually try to have breakfast at Chick and Ruth's Delly at least once while we're in town. Sometimes we make it in time for the Pledge of Allegiance and sometimes we don't, but it's always a fun place to start the day because it's so different from having coffee and croissants in a Parisian cafe.
Does anyone know if American schoolchildren still say the Pledge of Allegiance every morning?
Chick and Ruth's Delly
165 Main Street
|People waiting to eat at Chick and Ruth's Delly|