As a mom I wear many hats. Personally, my favorite is a Cubs baseball cap, but here are a few others that I inhabit:
– Chinese leftover reheater
-Dog walker and trainer (the latter may be easily disproved in a court of law or more likely, upon meeting our wildly energetic adopted dog, let’s just say, girl gets by on her looks…a lot).
-Extremely empathetic validator of the universe’s feelings
-Friend, mother, writer, sister ….and the list goes on and on.
Now the hat that many don’t know about and that I keep a closely guarded secret is…
-Spelling bee prep consultant
I have a track record of helping one young man place second in the whole county….
Cool trophy, right?
Anyway, given my illustrious track record, it only makes sense now that this young man’s brother is going to compete at his school’s spelling bee, he would reach out to an elite spelling instructor such as myself. So, that’s where we are at. I am now helping T.Puzzle prepare for his grade school spelling bee. Truly, the only special skills I am bringing to the table are the ability to read words from a list (out loud, no less!) and patience. I don’t mind the sometimes repetitive process as long as my spelling padawan is focused. So far, T.Puzzle has that in spades. Here is a recent example of the elite-type of training that I offer.
Me: “Correct” (as in, he is correct, not please spell correct, I think you get the idea, so let’s move on to a word in which more elite spelling instructing is needed for clarification)
T.Puzzle: “Use it in a sentence, please.” (he didn’t really say please, I just added it in for my own creative spin as moms-who-love-manners are wont to do)
Me: “Little brothers are pesky to their older brothers.” (see what I did there? I made it relatable to my subject…genius).
T.Puzzle: “F-U-L-L S-P-E-E-D”
Apparently, I have my work cut out for me.