When I was a kid, my parents would take my two brothers and me for long rides, and the three of us would play that game where you looked at the letters on a car's license plate and try to make up what they might stand for: like on 43 DGC 615 - it might mean Don't Get Caught (that would always be accompanied by sideways glances and snickering); or on 21 HDF 398 - this could mean He Didn't Flinch (calling up visions of John Wayne); and on 54 ALJ 024 - that would bring on howls of Arte Loves Jessie (much to my embarrassment, and I didn't even know any Jessies). You get the picture.
“Loyalty is the pledge of truth to oneself and others.” Ann Velez-Boardley
Ada Velez-Boardley is a social worker and guidance counselor in Philadelphia, Pa. She is Puerto Rican by birth and often blogs about her love of America and her native island.
Loyalty, then, is a great responsibility: you have to always do the right thing and act responsibly to those who are loyal to you, and the same goes for those to whom you are loyal. Loyalty has to be earned, and once given should be nurtured and treasured every day. It’s dynamic, two-way and never-ending. Pledge to be truthful to yourself and others today, and every day. And then give and take the loyalty that comes your way.