Ava competed in the spelling bee again this year. Chris wasn’t going to go watch this year after he nearly had a nervous breakdown watching her in the spelling bee last year. I didn’t know if I wanted to go because it seemed too nerve-wracking for me also. I told Ava, “I don’t know if mommy and daddy will come watch this year because we get really nervous.” I felt really stupid telling my 7-year-old that her adult parents weren’t mature enough to be able to sit and watch her spell words that are easy for her to spell at the school spelling bee.
Ava, who is still at the age where she wants us to come to everything that happens at her school, was upset that we weren’t going to go. Since that is how she felt, of course I was going to go.
The spelling bee lasted a very long time. It was difficult to cut enough spellers this year. The judges needed only six spellers to go on to the next round. The parents and I sat, word after word, wondering if our children managed to spell them correctly. Some examples of words were president and quiet; those are the only words I can remember.
Ava didn’t miss a single word until the end of the contest. In Ava fashion, she missed the very easiest word, and the one word we had talked about going in to the spelling bee. The word was “I’ll”. She missed it because she spelled it with a lower case “I”. She came to me so upset because she assumed since she missed one word that she would be out of the spelling bee. That was not the case though, since a minute later her name was the first one called for being one of the six super spellers to go on to the next round.
I manage to keep my cool and contain myself well through the entire morning. Ava was confident and not nervous at all, going in to the spelling be, as usual.
In May, Ava will compete in the big spelling bee with all the other schools. Chris and I will be there to cheer her on. I will give Chris a Valium before we go.
Until next time, the mothership is signing off.