Picture me in fifth grade: eagerly nerdy, already a longtime avid reader and aspiring writer. Ready to compete in the annual school spelling bee for fifth-to-eighth graders.
I'd prepared for a week — yes, I was the kid who actually studied the list of spelling bee words — and three-quarters of the way through the competition, it was down to me and four other kids, all older.
My parents and grandmom were in the audience, and onstage, I was given my next word: Macintosh.
I asked for it to be used in a sentence. The proctor said something about a "macintosh yellow raincoat."
"Macintosh," I started. "M-A-C-"
Paused. Began again.
"Macintosh. M-A-C-K-I-N-T-O-S-H. Macintosh."
Macintosh took me down.
To this day, I never hear the word "macintosh" without thinking of that spelling bee.
What was your spelling bee downfall? Any spelling bee champs out there with a winning word?