Saturday, February 20, 2016

Laura and the spelling bee

Laura can check off something of her bucket list. She entered and made it to the third round of the Phoenixville area spelling bee.  I was surprised that she actually entered.  Laura used to be a shy girl and wanted nothing to do with being on a stage. We practiced the list a lot but she wanted to only practice the third grade list. I wanted her to do the fourth grade list as well but she didn't.  Little did we know that they combined third and fourth grade. Who knows if it would've helped her get a little further but I bet next year - she will study the whole packet!

Needless to say, I feel very happy for her.  She made it past where she thought she would.  Laura was always scared that she was stage fright and she concluded that she wasn't. As a parent, I felt every bit nervous as well. My heart beat fast, hands clammy and butterflies.  I can now know what my parents felt when I went for Ms. Wheelchair Pennsylvania. I loved hearing her confidence and clarity in her speaking. She seemed like a natural. The best part about it was that it was a positive experience for her and she's likely to try again. 

Laura's friend from her English class was also in the spelling bee. Ironically, she went after Laura and went out also after Laura.  They both hugged each other afterwards in the hallway.  It's always nice to have a friend to support you.

Jason turned three today.  The spelling bee was only a five minute walk from our house so Jeff took Jason too.  Jason did very well but he tried to run on stage and then he needed to be changed so they left.  I could tell by his smile that he felt proud of his sister.

Overall, I'm very proud of Laura and how far she h

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