March 7, my son will participate in the California Central Valley Spelling Bee. in Sacramento The finalist from that competition will go to the national competition the week of Memorial Day. It's exciting enough that his classmates get to go on a field trip to watch the competition. I'm also taking my daughter out of school to see it. An excellent speller herself, I'm getting her primed in case she wants to compete next year.
What I most love about this is Patrick's perspective on it. He's somewhat excited, but under no circumstances does he want to become a "spelling 'bot." He's worried about winning, truth be told. His chances are probably good, I'm sure, but the bigger issue is this event, which comes much higher on his list of ambitions, and overlaps the national event.
I can just imagine him saying: "Well, yeah, spelling is a nice side hobby, but I'm really all about being a sysop on some rag-tag Star Wars wikis."
Typical bad boy, plays by his own rules...