Yes, I completely stole the title of this post from the TV show Psych. I'm a fangirl. Sue me. You can have all of my student loan debt if you win.
Anyway, do you remember this post from last year?
Today was the day of this year's spelling bee. Sarah was very eager to try again.
She still remembers the word she missed last year, although she can joke about it. "I missed 'harsh!' That is harsh!"
Numbers were waaaaaaay down this year. Apparently some sort of plague is making the rounds, and many were unable to participate due to illness. Both bees had a much smaller turnout. The upper grades' bee had only eight children--I know there were at least twice that many in it last year and probably more.
The younger kids' bee had two children--Sarah and another girl. Not much of a bee, but they enjoyed it.
They honestly were quite evenly matched. They both got quite a few words correct and went several rounds. Then the other girl missed a word. Per the rules, Sarah still had to spell her word correctly to win. But she missed hers too. They went a few rounds with both of them missing words--it was comical almost how similar their levels of spelling prowess were. I knew it was anybody's bee, and it would possibly come down to a fluke.
In the end, Sarah won. She is thrilled with her medal and thrilled to have won a spelling bee after being disappointed last year.
I'm proud of her, of course, although a two-person spelling bee isn't much of a competition. But I'm proud that she wanted to try again. I'm proud that missing a few words didn't frustrate her to the point of losing her concentration and making dumb mistakes. I'm proud that she thanked everyone who told her she did well.
I'm especially proud that she told her opponent what a good job she had done, and that the opponent also smiled and congratulated her. Such good attitudes from both of them.
And I'm glad it's over. It's nerve-wracking when your kid is up on that stage! ;)