So, Nate qualified for the Joplin Globe spelling bee. “Grumble, grrrrrr, why do I have to be in a stupid spelling bee?” “I don’t think Blane, or Grant tried hard enough, and that’s why I have to do it.” “grumble, grumble, grumble….”
So, he had the spelling bee packet with all of the words listed for studying. “grumble, grumble, I don’t want to study.” “I don’t want to do it” *black storm clouds enveloping his entire being*
Instead of studying he continues reading the 5th Harry Potter book in the evenings. I figure this is one battle I’m not going to fight, and that maybe reading lots of books counts as studying. I do tell him though that since he has read all of the Lord of the Rings books to not spell words in the Old English manner (i.e. colour or shoppe). That is the extent of my advising.
Day of the event he is quiet and nervous.
His words: practice round – statehood, 1st round – thirsty, 2nd round – tricolor, 3rd round – trauma, 4th round – accessioned, at this point kids are dropping out like flies. He is #84 so he is among the last 13 or so kids left, and then next thing I know he is in the last three, which means he will at least get 3rd place!! WHA???? His teacher and I are looking at each other with astonishment.
Kid #82 mispells his word meaning Nate is in the top 2!! At that point whoever wins has to spell two words correctly in a row including whatever word the other contestant mispells. Nate is next with phillumenist – he spells it phylumanist, but #76 mispells it and so it continues round and round a few more times. Nate mispells onomastics which she gets right and then she spells avionics correctly. Nate gets 2nd place!! and $75.00!! Now guess who is really excited he got to participate in the spelling bee? : ) (well besides myself)