Thursday, November 29, 2012
T-66 : Dough Nuts?
In the 6th Grade Spelling Bee I was one of the last 3 contestants. My word was "dnt". I started off with a "D" followed by a confident "O". Then I paused. I pondered whether to go with the "U" "G" "H" or to head right for the "N" "U" "T". A vision popped into my head of the "DONUT" shop in Idaho Falls and I was convinced. The second vision I had of a tub of "DOUGH" having anything to do with the tasty morsel paled in comparison. With all the confidence I could muster I finished off with the "N" "U" "T" and was promptly met with a frown from the judge and politely asked to sit down. The next part of the story is a bit hazy in my memory but I seem to recall sitting in the audience watching Jeff and Kenneth battle over numerous words that neither of them could spell until one of them finally got one. Further, I imagine that I could have spelled at least one of those that they'd missed if only I wasn't dismissed for missing the "UGH". Perhaps this disappointing tale has shaped my life for the better after all. I like to think so. I was probably bitter for years, though. Don't let this happen to you. Focus on enjoying the "small usually ring-shaped cake fried in fat" rather than persnicketing over some silly letters in a contest.