My daughter, Bella won her sixth grade spelling bee a couple of weeks ago. It was a two-day event and she ended up winning the whole thing. She’s heading to the district meet today.
I won’t deny that I’m a smart cookie and that I had a contribution in the gene pool but I’m not necessarily “book” smart unless it’s a topic the catches my interest. Cycling, health through fitness, commercial construction, baseball, golf, running, swimming… Bella, on the other hand, possesses that crazy ability to learn about anything.
The kid’s an A student, second chair trumpet (she was first but just lost a challenge by one point a week or two ago), a competitive swimmer, she probably reads at a level that comes close to me (with equal comprehension and better retention) and she’s definitely better at math than I am at this point.
Thank God for marrying well and for my wife who had done a stellar job of raising our girls.
This isn’t to say this isn’t a team effort and I didn’t have something to do with my daughter’s success but I play a secondary role at best. While I handle my role well, providing the environment for my daughters to be successful, it’s my wife who is in there getting her hands dirty and my daughters (both of them) who ultimately take responsibility for their education and run with it.
UPDATE: She ended up getting knocked out, my wife thinks in fifth place in Districts. Unbelievable – Top Ten.