1. The Dependent Life
    December 16, 2013 @ 3:35 pm

    I misspelled the word “porpoise” in my middle school spelling bee. There were only about a dozen left on stage and I was so sure of myself that I spelled it wrong with great confidence. I remember that feeling in my gut exactly.


  2. Debbie Ellis
    December 16, 2013 @ 9:07 pm

    This was my daughter’s second McK spelling bee…the angst after losing in the first round last year was heightened by the memories of trying her hardest not to cry on stage. She looked up, down all around and held it all in. Last year, another boy had to get off stage as he was bawling so badly. I said, on the phone from Florida with my youngest at cheer comp, “you are a winner, you have made it this far and that’s a great accomplishment”. Spell one right and she will have gone further than last year…and she did! Super star!!!
    Our kids are learning good lessons about risk, trying new things, putting themselves out there and the consequences that come with it. (I know I couldn’t have gotten up there in front of the school at their age!!!) She was relieved for it to be over and happy with her performance. I wanted to crawl through the phone when I saw the photo of my daughter on stage with swollen eyes from crying the night before.
    Great work spelling bee champions!!!


  3. Missy
    December 29, 2013 @ 10:45 am

    It is so wonderful how Joey “get’s it” and how Jack is “getting it” letter by letter. Your stories always make me smile and warm my heart.


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