Seeing how, we have a vomiting child in our house and have done lots and lots of laundry, I think it's best, and more positive, if I talk about the beginning of our weekend instead of the end. That way, you'll have something to look forward to.
Last Friday, Tee, my fifth grader, was chosen to represent Covenant at the District Private School Spelling Bee.
It is the greatest compliment coming from me because I was the antithesis of Tee growing up and would have never in 1,000,000,000,000 years have been asked to represent in the spelling bee.
For example, I when I typed that the number above, I had to count the zeros twice to make sure I'd correctly positioned the commas.
Anyway, although he'd talked about it for a year, and watched Akeelah and the Bee fourteen times, he didn't really study which led to several discussions by Trey and myself about the value of a tough lesson. We were sure he'd be out on the first round and had our speeches prepared. Mine was really good.
In addition, I was all ready to drop him off, console him after his inevitable first-round elimination, and then go return some stuff at Home Depot. You know, 'cause I had some errands to run. Instead, my fellow moms and I sat at the bottom of the elevators all morning while groups of children who had misspelled a word came to find solace in the Starbucks, wood fired pizza oven, and video games that were inside the host-church's building.
Let that sink in a minute will you. There ya go.
Anyway, slowly, we saw Covenant red sweater after red sweater but no sign of Tee.
I'm sorry, did I mention I had errands to run? I thought so.
Hour after hour went by and that little booger hung in there like a dog on a bone, finally finishing fourth in his grade level, and going further than anyone at Covenant has ever gone.
Did I say Nerd? I meant Stud. Or Lucky, either one. And my speech was totally wasted.
We were really proud of everyone and proved it in the universal kid language of burgers and milkshakes.
And that was the pretty great start to our weekend. It digressed pretty quickly by Sunday afternoon. More on that tomorrow.