Double ἀνδρίζομαι, 7 & 8

ἀνδρίζομαι – It’s a Greek word that means “be the man.”  It rings with a sense of acting like a man, and being strong and brave like a real man, regardless of the world around you.  It’s pronounced this way:

än-drē’-zo-mī

I continue to use ἀνδρίζομαι to salute men and boys who show qualities of character and manhood far above their adversaries or equals.  Here’s a double andrizomai shout-out to two guys who I’m proud to call MEN:

#7 – As reported on October 18, 2016 by Fox4News (WDAF), while the Millikin (IL) University football team chose to remain in the locker room during the playing of the National Anthem, Connor Brewer, an offensive lineman, chose to head to the sidelines and stand.  Without fanfare, without comment, this young man stands tall above his teammates.  He’s a big man above little men, that is, if these guys are so equipped with man parts.

Connor, stand firm.  Your teammates, coaches, and their ilk just got out-stood by an outstanding young man.  ἀνδρίζομαι

#8 – Speaking of standing for the flag, while some backward-thinking people think that sitting or kneeling (or not showing up) is their right as a way to protest, Fox 35 News in Orlando, FL, reported on October 25, 2016, that 16-year-old Arek Trenholm stood at a parade when his school’s color guard marched by with the American flag.

That would be insignificant for the most part, except Arek has spina bifida.  He hasn’t been able to stand for years.  But he pushed himself up from his wheelchair with his arms to stand for the American flag.

He didn’t need legs to show that he’s more of a man than any of the male species who remain seated or kneeling or conveniently out of sight when the flag is posted or during the National Anthem.  What’s wrong with their legs?  Simple:  While they have a spine, they’re spineless.  While Arek has spina bifida, he has backbone.

Arek has courage, the heart of a lion, pillars of iron for legs.  Asked why he decided to stand when the American flag passed by, he said, “I didn’t want to be disrespectful.”

Now there’s a lesson weak-kneed men can learn from this teenage patriot.

Arek, stand firm.  ἀνδρίζομαι

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