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Parents try to spell to me. (Not my parents, they know better.) Really, this happens at the pool.

As you might know, I work at a pool part time teaching kids how to swim or how not to drown depending on how you look at it. Sometimes the parents, in their best attempts at keeping something from their kids, spell out what they are saying to me.

I understand what they’re trying to do, but there are a few problems with this:

  • I’m guessing their kid spells better than I do. Yes, I consider myself to be a reasonably intelligent person, but you know what? I don’t spell well at all. My brain just doesn’t get it. Calculus? Geometry? Trig? Conceptual ideas? Psychology? What Gia does in the DNA lab? The absolutely perfect word to use? Yes, I get all of that, even if it’s not spelled correctly. Spelling was never something I was good at and I’m the first one to admit that spell checker is my very best friend. (Sorry MJ, tis true, but then again, you probably knew this.)
  • If I’m on the pool deck, my ears are filled with water and there’s a lot of ambient background noise so first I have to figure out that they’ve started spelling and then I have to play catch up because I’ve missed part of the word.
  • I don’t really have the attention span or the time to listen to them spell out longer words or more than one word.

This makes me feel like a giant dummy head. I don’t know about you, but I don’t like feeling like a giant dummy head.

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About Court

I spend a lot of time on the pool deck and making treats in my kitchen amongst other things.
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3 Responses to I-h-a-t-e-i-t-w-h-e-n

  1. Sue says:

    I’ve had parents switch into spelling mode without warning. By the time I’ve figured out that they were spelling a word, they’ve moved on to a whole other part of the conversation.

    Some people just don’t realize that the whole spelling mode isn’t second nature to everyone.

  2. Veronica says:

    I’ve never spelt anything beyond a four-letter word, and that’s only because my dogs lose their minds at ‘walk’ or ‘park’. I know I definitely won’t be doing this for my kid(s) though, because while I am good at spelling, I completely lose this ability when I have to spell something out loud. And having to stop and write it out first rather loses the effect, I feel.

  3. Oh my god, I *HATE* when people spell-talk! It drives me crazy because it takes way too long to figure out what people are saying, and if I miss a letter – FORGET IT!

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