My son has always been a good speller. Since he started taking spelling tests in Kindergarten, he has only missed two words. And one of those was in First Grade when he mixed up a “b” and a “d” spelling dlack instead of black. Maybe it’s all those hours spent reading…who’d have thought!
Last year he went to the Santa Barbara County spelling bee and spelled out in the second round. Disappointed, he determined to do better next time. This year, he finished third.
It took 74 words to get him out, and let me tell you, by the time it got down to the last ten kids, I was having trouble breathing. Every time he spelled a word right, he’d look across the room and smile at me. I fought to keep the tears in because no 6th grader wants to see his mother bawling in the audience. But I was so overcome with emotion, SO incredibly proud of him.
The top two finishers get to go to the state level spelling bee. If one of them can’t make it, my son can take their place. For him, the best part was finding out that he got not only the trophy (with his name soon to be engraved on it), but $25 cash. In addition, a representative from the Mason’s will be going to his school in a few weeks to present him with the engraved trophy and another check in front of the whole school. All for being a good speller.
In a world where basketball stars and strung out actresses make more money than a whole staff of teachers and librarians, it’s incredibly cool to see someone rewarded for hard work and using their brain. Especially when that someone is my child 😀