I missed the finals of the Scripps National Spelling Bee last night. Despite the vivid recollection such events trigger, I congratulate this year’s champion 13-year-old Katharine Close of New Jersey. This year's winning word was "ursprache."
I remember participating in one and only one spelling bee. I was in 3rd or 4th grade at Fairlane Elementary in Taylor, Michigan. Upon hearing the word (and without thinking) I spelled Q – U –T –E.
I’ll bee sitting down now.