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Evan and the Spelling Bee
Some of you will remember that Evan was participating in spelling bees last year (4th grade) and advanced to the one sponsored by the local newspaper. The next step from there was the Scripps National Spelling Bee, but alas, he placed out of the top ten (but only about 18th!). Then, too, he was a 4th grader competing against kids up to the 8th grade!

This year, today, he competed against seven other 4th and 5th graders in his school. This time he placed 2nd there. Actually, he did the same last year at his other school, but then the top three went to the next competition, where he won.

I was so proud of him! He did very well in the competition, and was the only person who had missed no words when it came down to the last two spellers. (They did double elimination, meaning a person had to miss TWO words [in two different rounds] before being disqualified.) If they had followed the rules of the national bee, Evan would have probably won. As it was, he lost to the boy sitting next to him, and turned and immediately shook his hand, congratulating him. To me, that was the most important part of the whole event!

I was even more proud and impressed after speaking to Evan and seeing just how much he was hurt at losing. What a sportsman-like gesture that was for an 11-year-old under those circumstances. We were given a further compliment by the lady who coordinated the bee when she told us that it was obvious that we had spent considerable time teaching Evan good manners because he was so well behaved during the bee.

He lost, but I don't think I could have been any more proud if he had won!

What is most surprising to me now, is how much I hurt for him. I will feel better when I've had more of an opportunity to talk to him about it and reiterate the "important stuff." He seemed to recover well, and was doing fine when we left.

Oh yeah, we got Josh out of class so he could sit with us and watch his brother compete. He was tolerant though not overly thrilled (I mean, he's six!) But as soon as Evan lost, Josh said, "I don't feel very good." Allie said, "But Evan did well!" "But he didn't win." Josh was empathizing! As much as they argue and fight, at school they have each other. That's something else I'm proud of and happy about. When they are out in the world, they know to always have each other's back. Wow! I'm so impressed with them both.

Allie insists that I tell you also that the boy who won had won this school's bee last year, and he looks like Neville Longbottoms in the Harry Potter movies. ;-)

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caramaea From: caramaea Date: January 6th, 2006 05:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
It sounds as if you have a lot to be proud of. A good sport is no. 1 in my book. ;)
aspiring2live From: aspiring2live Date: January 7th, 2006 09:42 am (UTC) (Link)
Yep, my boys is the BEST! no offense, of course.
missus_s From: missus_s Date: January 6th, 2006 05:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
woohoo! that's excellent! you have great kids!
aspiring2live From: aspiring2live Date: January 7th, 2006 09:43 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks, and you know I think that about yours, too! Love them chi'ren.
acey From: acey Date: January 6th, 2006 10:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
Your kids are winners in my book too! :)
Congrats to you and Allie for teaching them well.
aspiring2live From: aspiring2live Date: January 7th, 2006 09:45 am (UTC) (Link)
Hard work! Sometimes, it pays off though. Okay, it probably always pays off... eventually.

Bruce, master of instant gratification.
psychfringe From: psychfringe Date: January 6th, 2006 11:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
oooh this such a great post!!
it did my heart well to hear that Evan shook the boys hand and congratulated him..
what a great kid!!
and josh with the *I dont feel so good*
dear little darlin'

you guys are great teachers.
aspiring2live From: aspiring2live Date: January 7th, 2006 09:47 am (UTC) (Link)
you guys are great teachers.

Thanks, but it sure doesn't seem like it sometimes. It's so nice when you see the lights go on, and you think, "So he WAS listening!" Great rewards!
schmimi From: schmimi Date: January 7th, 2006 04:07 am (UTC) (Link)
That's awesome! (But honestly, I'm not surprised. I think you are doing a fantastic job of raising your boys.)

Also awesome (and I'm sorry I didn't comment earlier... I read, but eh... I know you how it goes) is your publishing success! I think that's super cool. I also think I used to have a subscription to that publication several years ago and I should look into renewing it. Well done, Bruce!
aspiring2live From: aspiring2live Date: January 13th, 2006 06:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank you and thank you! I enjoy reading the Sun and might actually subscribe when my 6 free months are up. It's a bit liberal and artsy for me, but I also enjoy much of the writing.
curious_corax From: curious_corax Date: January 7th, 2006 09:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
   Good job Evan and Josh. And good job Bruce and Allie!
aspiring2live From: aspiring2live Date: January 13th, 2006 06:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks! Ah, but the successes are sweet, aren't they?
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