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DlineDominance : 12/7/2017 3:28 pm
I'm running late to the Utica Comets (local AHL team) game, when the National Anthem starts playing while we're in the halls around the stadium. We're right near a TV displaying the flag. I'm a 16 year MSgt in Air Force and as my 8 year old son tries to race to his seat, I stop him and tell him he needs to show respect for his country. He stops and I see him drop to the ground. I'm thinking he's tired and as I look down to correct him I notice he's deliberately taking a freakin knee! I grab him by the coat and hoist him back to his feet and apply the death stare. When the National Anthem ends I start lighting into him. He's upset and can't understand why I'm so mad. He tells me he was showing respect and truly had no idea what he was doing. Every Sunday as we turn on the NFL they constantly show players kneeling. For some stupid reason I took for granted that he knew it was wrong. It was really funny how it happened, but woke me up to capitalizing on those teaching moments.
Yup  
mrvax : 12/7/2017 4:05 pm : link
Just gently teach him when you are alone with him. Thanks for your service, BTW. I did 4 in the Corps.
WOW  
Sec 103 : 12/7/2017 4:24 pm : link
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No words.
Maybe he's just not symbol minded  
Motley Two : 12/7/2017 4:26 pm : link
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But wait  
lawguy9801 : 12/7/2017 4:29 pm : link
I thought that was like the ultimate show of patriotism or sumthin?
For fucks sake  
Default : 12/7/2017 4:37 pm : link
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Thanks for your service and for teaching your son  
giant24 : 12/7/2017 4:40 pm : link
respect, gratitude and patriotism for the flag/country and the veterans it represents.
Few things  
leatherneck570 : 12/7/2017 6:08 pm : link
1. Quit acting hard, you're Air Force. Just...stop.

2. "Lighting" into your kid because he's confused about something in public is probably not the best way to handle that situation, but whatever, to each his own.

3. Maybe next time something he sees controversial or that goes against your beliefs on TV, IDK, maybe have man to man with him? Explain what's going on and why you believe it's wrong? A failure on your part to do so doesn't mean he deserves an ass chewing in public from you.

I'd almost go so far as saying what you experienced was a side effect of not doing #3, and not watching the NFL, but fuck me, who am I?

Or maybe you could learn from him  
oldutican : 12/7/2017 9:45 pm : link
that kneeling is not a disrespectful act. Go Comets.
RE: Few things  
Rocky369 : 12/8/2017 8:34 am : link
In comment 13729504 leatherneck570 said:
Quote:
1. Quit acting hard, you're Air Force. Just...stop.

One of the only times I have LOL'd.
NFT  
Giantology : 12/8/2017 8:53 am : link
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RE: Few things  
DlineDominance : 12/8/2017 12:39 pm : link
In comment 13729504 leatherneck570 said:
Quote:
1. Quit acting hard, you're Air Force. Just...stop.

2. "Lighting" into your kid because he's confused about something in public is probably not the best way to handle that situation, but whatever, to each his own.

3. Maybe next time something he sees controversial or that goes against your beliefs on TV, IDK, maybe have man to man with him? Explain what's going on and why you believe it's wrong? A failure on your part to do so doesn't mean he deserves an ass chewing in public from you.

I'd almost go so far as saying what you experienced was a side effect of not doing #3, and not watching the NFL, but fuck me, who am I?


How the hell is correcting your son when he disrespects the National Anthem acting hard? And thanks for repeating the point I already made about myself to talk to him about it. Seems like you might not have had the ASVAB scores to get into the Air Force and you're still harboring some ill feelings. Hang in there buddy...
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