I am bursting with pride! Scout was the runner up in his Geography Bee competition! He lost only by one question to a 5th grader who won it last year. He’s been attending the ‘practices’ for about a month now, all leading up to the Bee. (here’s a random question…why are these things called ‘Bees’??!)
The sad fact is I wasn’t even able to attend the championship. With my new full-time job I just couldn’t get away. A blessing with Asperger’s, at least in Scout’s case, is that he really wasn’t all that disappointed. He of course wanted me there but his response when I told him I wasn’t able to be was a sweet, “Oh, that’s okay, Mom.” This was really all about himself, not pleasing anyone else….which of course is really the ultimate goal. Luckily tho Coreman was able to attend and he caught every question of Scout’s on video, so I almost felt like I was there!
I was so impressed with my son, watching that whole process. Not just intellectually, that goes without saying. The fact that he could just answer most questions without even a second thought is astounding to me. (who knows that the city of Fez is in Morocco??!) Some were oral, some required each student writing down the answer at the same time and then holding them up. As each question was asked, one by one another student would disappear. But there was my Scout, hanging in there with one other boy to the championship round. In that round there were three questions….Scout missed 2, the winner missed one. And that was that.