Winnie the Pooh by A. A. Milne (English Humorist, creator of Winnie-the-Pooh, 1882-1956)
TIME: 2:38 PM
PLACE: Grade School gym
SD was one of the top five spellers in her class and therefore was eligible to participate in the 1st grade Spelling Bee this afternoon. I received an invitation to watch them spell. It took 45 rounds (a new 1st grade record!) before a winner emerged. It was down to SD and another girl, unfortunately, SD stumbled on her last word - “drop” – she began “d-r”, but then she barely, just barely, started to sound out “a” before quickly changing to “o-p”, but it was too late. She ended up taking second place. She was upset that she didn’t win, but I told her that there was no shame in coming in second and that I was proud of her. It helped…kind of…she still cried big tears after she came home from school.