To me, loyalty is:
... standing up for your friends, even when they're not *technically* in the right
... meaning your wedding vows, even when it's hard.
... ALWAYS being in your child's corner: Parent = 2 parts advocate + 1 part warrior.
... reaching out to one in need, without being asked.
... knowing that bloodlines are a really narrow definition of family.
... saying you're sorry. Not because you are, but because you have hurt someone that matters.
... teaching the next generation to keep their friends close, and tell their enemies to go to hell.
... picking up the conversation where it left off, be that an hour or a year ago.
... sincerity wrapped up in honesty.
... something each and every one of us can and should practice every day.
What does loyalty mean to you?
This post is part of GBE2. Week #18 word prompt: Loyalty. For more info, click here.
Seriously good post. Loyalty means I am there, no matter. We can discuss all your faults later, alone, but to the world, I am with you.
Great take on the theme and I agree with Jo on this one!
Oh, yes! You've covered it perfectly!
I agree with most, but can't agree with the parent as warrior role. The problem with our kids today is that they have parents who think they can do no wrong, and it's always someone else's fault when their kids screw up. I'm sick of this attitude. I wish parents would let the chips fall where they belong and quit jumping all over the overworked, underpaid, and under appreciated teachers who are all ready to quit and create an enormous teacher shortage. Just wait; it's coming!
My favorite: "...knowing that bloodlines are a really narrow definition of family."
I don't think there's anything I could possibly add that would mean more than what you have here. Especially about parenting and saying your sorry. Words to live by here.
Loyalty means all of that to me except the sorry part. ;-) I agree with never apologize, never explain and generally I don't.
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