This afternoon Full Speed will participate in his school-wide spelling bee. He beat out over 140 students to earn this spot. I asked him if he remembered the speech I gave him before his spelling bee when he was in fifth grade.
I turned my attention towards T.Puzzle. “I gave you the same speech before your fifth grade spelling bee. Do you remember?”
“Wow,” I said. “I really am making such a lasting impact on both of you, aren’t I?”
“Well, we both did win,” Full Speed said.
“Good point. Maybe I know what I am talking about after all.”
Here is that unforgettable(?) speech:
“I want you to remember that you are awesome. The amount of awesome you have inside you is static. That means it doesn’t change. There is nothing you can or can’t do to change this fact. At the beginning of the spelling bee you will be awesome. At the end of the spelling bee you will be awesome. And during the middle, you will still be equally awesome. Winning or losing can’t change your awesome-ness. If you wonder how I know this it’s because when you were a baby and I held you in my arms for the very first time I loved you instantly. I kind of already loved you before I even knew you. Why? It wasn’t because I thought to myself, ‘someday this kid is going to be great at spelling.’ No, it was because you were awesome. You were then, you are now and you always will be.”
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Stay tuned to learn Full Speed’s spelling fate.