The first half of the day on Saturday, Phil and I had great fun doing something we had never done before. We went to the Scripps Spelling Bee. It was televised live. Our friend Connor Knight had won the bee for our city and now he was in the regional, where students from all over the area competed. We are just so proud of him!! That is Connor in the fourth picture. The bee was such fun to watch, and these kids were so good that they were spelling words I'd never even heard of! Third picture from the bottom is the final three, and the last two is the winner, who won many prizes and goes on to Washington, D.C. for the final. The word BEE means a community social gathering to join in a single activity to help someone. Like a quilting bee, a husking bee, or an apple bee. No one knows the origin of the term, but it used to be thought that it referred to the actual insect, because of the busy and social life of a beehive. One thing that interested me was that several of the students spelled out their word with a finger on the palm of their hand before they answered, as you can see from two of the pictures here. This is the same thing that God does with us.
"But Zion said "The Lord has forsaken me, the Lord has forgotten me."...Though she may forget, I will not forget you! See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands..."