Yesterday was the day for my son Tyler to compete in the district spelling bee in our county. Nishe‘ and I were in attendance. The husband came by for a little while after he got off work. I was so excited for him. This was his second time. I could tell he was a little nervous. Especially after we found out they added two more things to the spelling bee. Now they have added a written and vocabulary portion to the spelling bee. In the writing portions the kids are taken to a room and given words to write down. In the vocabulary portion they are brought on stage, given a word, and two definitions. Then they have to choose the correct definition. After that the points would be tallied up and the kids with 50 points or more moved on to the spelling round of the competition. Some parents including myself were pretty upset to find this out this went along with them not providing the kids with a spelling list and finding out that the spelling bee was sooner than we were first told. Tyler wound up studying with a list I found online and some dictionaries that the school provided for him. With these two new things added it made the spelling bee longer than we expected. Many of the children hadn’t eaten. I told Tyler that all he could do was do the best that he could and that we would be proud of him no matter what.
After chatting with Tyler for awhile he went and took his seat while he waited to go take the written portion of the spelling bee. When they went to the back we had a 45 minute wait. So we just waited. When they finished they immediately jumped into the vocabulary portion. We had a long wait to see Tyler cause he was number 90. He got his answer correct and then we waited for them to tally up the scores. I had to get a quick picture of him while we waited.
When they finished tallying up the scores they called out the numbers and we found out that Tyler was one of the students who made it to the spelling round. I was so proud of him. He got his first word correct but missed the second word which was postmortem.
I let him know that we were so proud of him despite all the curveballs that were thrown at him. In fact I’m proud of all the kids. I think they handled everything very well. When I was reassuring him about how well he did. He stopped me and was like well mom there is always next year. It may me proud to hear him so upbeat and confident. So I guess see you next year spelling bee.