Dogs are loyal.
Fans are loyal, until the team starts to lose.
Employees are loyal, but not as much as they used to be.
A friend is loyal, especially when defending your honor.
A spouse should be loyal, showing faithfulness to their vows.
Loyalty was discussed all of the time in my house growing up although I did not think of it until I was an adult. I was raised knowing that loyalty was one of the utmost characteristics which would secure a relationship no matter if the relationship was personal or business. My father used to always talk about people who “always” bought their car from him, or in the negative, “never” bought their car from him. The worst insult you could levy on my father was to shop his store then buy from a competitor.
Today my son is coming home to compete in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Swimming and Diving Championships at Erie County Community College’s natatorium. This is a dream come true for him… junior at Fairfield University swimming NCAA Division I at a pool where he competed in high school. Many of his family and friends who have never had the opportunity to see him swim in college can stop by this week and experience a little of the excitement that championships bring.
So what of loyalty? My alma mater and employer, Canisius College is hosting this championship! Although I will be decked out in Fairfield red and will act as a host for the parents, I will be wearing my Golden Griffin pin and Canisius Athletics jacket.
As those great philosophers, the Beach Boys once sang:
“So be true to your school now
Just like you would to your girl or guy
Be true to your school now
And let your colors fly
Be true to your school”
Life is good!