After watching “Akeelah and the Bee”, Princess was determined to win her elementary school’s Second Grade Spelling Bee. As “The Bee” consumed more of her time and thoughts, family and friends began sharing their own Spelling Bee memories of years past, each person remembering their “out”
word and how to spell it. Todd’s downfall? “poisonous.” Elise’s downfall? “calendar”. Kathi D? Well, she was brilliant and won the whole school spelling bee as a 3rd grader.
I’ve never seen Princess be so dedicated to her studying before, every day spelling with her friends at recess and every night bringing us the word list so we could quiz her. I was so proud. She took fifth place, getting out on the word “people”. Disappointed, she tried her hardest to hold the tears back but when all her friends circled round her with hugs, she couldn’t help but let them flow.
To give her a chance to recompose, I took her out to get celebratory donuts for a job well done which quickly brought a smile back to her face. If only all life’s disappointments could be remedied so easily.
When you see her next (whether it be a week or 30 years) she’ll be happy to tell you the story of the Second Grade Spelling Bee and how she got “out” on the word “people”, a word she will, most likely, never mispell again.