Why Magnolia is My Least Favorite Word


“Can you repeat the word?”.




“Okay, M-a-g-n-o-l-i-u-m”.

“That is incorrect, the correct spelling is M-a-g-n-o-l-i-a”.

And just like that I was the first kid out of my county spelling bee.

How embarrassing!

I know how to spell Magnolia! Are you kidding me, that would have been a breeze!

I just could not relax. It was my first time in front of a big auditorium of strangers. But I do not think that was even the entire problem. I wanted to do well so badly that I could not concentrate.

I do not even think Magnolium is a word. I have no clue where I heard it from. Most likely a TV show somewhere.

To avoid a rant from my 10 year old self I really just wanted to write this to reflect on that experience and point out some things that now I can see were learning points from that day.

What did I learn?

  • Do not be afraid to stand up for yourself. I should have listened to the man from the audience that approached me after I was out about challenging the pronunciation. Yes, I did not really care at the time. I simply wanted to get out of there. But now I realize that if you don’t stand up for yourself, no one will.

And lastly I learned that Magnolia is my least favorite word of all time.

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