All right , good people, it's Tuesday. You know how this goes. It's booth time.
Today is no shocker but a confession nonetheless. I confess I'm a lousy speller. As a child, I dreamed of winning the spelling bee but it was a child's wish on a list of a gazillion other things I wanted to accomplish. In grade school, I knew my spelling was fair at best. My vocabulary on the other hand- not bad. Well, you don't have to be a great speller to read, and I always loved reading.
My mother was old school. Didn't know how to spell a word; she wouldn't help you out. She'd tell you to get the dictionary. She told us enough times until pulling out the tome became natural. I even began collecting different kinds and sizes. In fact, I have a hefty, ancient volume now. Despite my recent purge pledge, I haven't considered giving it up.
I digress. In the digital age, I gladly embraced spell-check, and my snobbish, wannabe writer-self thought anyone who didn't rigorously use spell-check was just plain lazy. Really, how hard is it to highlight a body of text and click a button? And at the office, professionally? Well, who wants an email circulating with obvious spelling errors?
Well, my corporate ladder-climbing days are over. I'm older and no longer ambitious. In fact, I'm on countdown to my dream job working behind a counter a couple of days a week at a nondescript shop where I don't have to think, and I can go home and tap on a keyboard into the wee hours because I like it. My aspirations go no further than the joy of writing and because it is my way to remember.
Okay, sounds a bit lofty? How about the old brain is becoming addle? My attitude towards spelling has fallen into the same pile of other behaviors I thought were essential to being smart and civilized, the Girl, relax pile. Some times I simply forget to hit spell-check. At other times, I no longer recognize words are misspelled and there are times, I don't care. At this stage, unless something I do or fail to do is going to cause harm, my attitude is relax.
Okay. I confess. I hit spell-check.
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