A few days ago, my daughter Rachel sent me a photo of her son Elliot's championship New Jersey Devils Youth Hockey team. They placed in the top three NJ teams and will be playing the top three from Pennsylvania for the regional title.
Elliot is the blond in the back row center, #29, holding one side of the trophy/plaque.
E's athletic ability does not come from this grandmother's side of the family, but . . . .
Somewhere around the spring of 1960, when I was a sixth grader at South Junior High School in Arlington Heights, Illinois, I participated in the Cook County Spelling Bee, sponsored by the Chicago Daily News. I think I came in 14th or something like that. Whatever it was, I didn't qualify for the state bee. But I got an award certificate -- it's around here somewhere. And as you all know, I am still a spelling (and grammar) dragon to this day.
Fast forward to 1988. My daughter Rachel was in sixth grade when she won the Buckeye Elementary School bee and then the regional, to advance to the Arizona state competition. She came in seventh, winning a trophy and a few other prizes.
This morning I received a forwarded email from Rachel: