Second Grade Spelling Bee

by This is Carrie on March 9, 2010

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.


{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Amee Pearson March 9, 2010 at 5:43 pm

My word was paradise…funny how we can all recall “that” word!


Kage March 9, 2010 at 6:06 pm

That word is a dumb spelling anyway.

I could totally picture this, thanks for sharing.


Allison March 9, 2010 at 8:39 pm

You misspelled “mispell”. Ha!

Sheesh, I have to feel superior at SOMETHING, and spelling was a particular strength for me. Where has it gotten me? Very few places!


This is Carrie
Twitter: thisiscarrie

Ha! She definitely doesn’t get her spelling talent from me – someone who relies heavily on spell check (which curiously did not pick up a misspelled “mispell”)

I’ve added a funny link to it just for you.


Suzanne March 9, 2010 at 11:08 pm

Mine was gnat. I spelled it “knat”. I was SO embarassed!


KP March 10, 2010 at 7:36 am

I was 2nd grade spelling bee champ. I was just talking to D about this last night and he said he was too. Something we didn’t know about eachother. It was funny. Way to go Luc~ that is a dumb word. That eo oe nonsense… oh and Donuts can always cheer me up!!!!


Patricia L March 10, 2010 at 10:19 am

I won my 3rd grade spelling bee with the word “orange”. I’m pretty sure “orange” wouldn’t even be on the spelling bee word list now…I think my kindergartener is expected to know how to spell that one!


urban craft March 11, 2010 at 6:34 pm

Ha, cute. I have Akeelah & the bee in the netflix queue. I’ve got to move it up. I’m one of those people who need to close my eyes to spell words out loud. The Spelling Bee was never gonna be my strong point.


Sandra March 12, 2010 at 12:06 pm

In my eighth grade spelling bee, my downfall was the word taffeta or is it tafetta or maybe taffetta? Maybe you don’t necessarily never misspell it again LOL (oops, I looked and by the red underlining I see that I spelled it right the first time, here anyway).


KathiD March 12, 2010 at 2:06 pm

As an 8th grader, I went to the All-City bee and misspelled chocolate. I knew how to spell it, but went down on nerves. Thus ending my showbiz career.


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