The other day at the breakfast table my youngest son and I were reviewing his spelling words for the week as we usually do over breakfast. This was the first time that we were reviewing this list of words for the week, so the words were new for both of us, except that he had studied them some. Normally, it’s a pretty boring event where I say the word, he spells it, then I ask for him to use it in a sentence and then he gives me one. You know the drill, right?
This day it was a little bit different though. I’ll do my best to relay how this went down in writing, but it may be difficult. So, please use your imagination in reading this.
The first word was “seen”. So, I said the word as usual and he spelled it “s-e-e-n”. No big deal, he spelled it with no trouble. For some reason, I skipped having him give a sentence though. Maybe it was because it was early in the week and I thought he’d be doing good just to get through them. So, I went right to the second word and said “slowly”. Well, I guess since I said it right after he had spelled “seen”, my son, without hesitation, spelled “s——————e——————e——————n”, with this look on his face, like “gosh Dad, are you getting that old?”. Once it hit me that he had spelled “seen” slowly for me, I about fell out of my chair laughing. He didn’t have a clue what was going on. Then I explained to him that I wanted him to spell the word “slowly”, not spell “seen” slowly. He, then got this sheepish grin on his face, and said, “oh”. Then, we both busted out laughing. Needless to say we had a good time with spelling words that morning.
Oh, the joys that kids bring from out of nowhere.