Want to hear an embarrassing, yet patriotic story? Ok…here it goes. When I was a little girl, my mom dressed me in nautical and Americana clothing…all the time. She loved it. She couldn’t get enough. At the time, it was all that the Limited Too was showing, which meant that it was all my mom was buying. Therefore, I went to 5th grade sporting American flags across my chest daily. It was fine. I didn’t mind. I hated fashion at the time (who woulda thought), so I wore whatever my mom made me wear. Don’t get me wrong…she usually dressed me cute, however the Americana themed clothing went a bit overboard. So much so, that the kids in school made fun of me. I was shy and hated being the center of attention. When it came time to say the Pledge of Allegiance, the kids would turn to me and say, “I pledge allegiance, to Hallie, of the United States of America…” I’m not so sure it even made sense, but the classroom of eyes staring at me, were enough to quickly switch my wardrobe. Back then, I wanted to cry. Of course today, I laugh as I recall the story.