“Spelling is a spell,” Erykah Badu
When I was in the third grade at Caverna Elementary in Horse Cave, Ky, I had a strong accent. While south-central Kentucky is not technically Appalachian, there are many similarities including accent and food. As kids I was not award of my accent so let my words tumble out with a distinctly country accent. Self-modulation came later.
It was during this school year that someone thought it would be a great idea to start teaching my class how to read and spell using phonics. We were told SOUND IT OUT! So, that was what I did. I sounded it out, pee-nut budder. I lost the pin holding my him, but I found my pincil and pin.
I did not do well on the “sound it out” spelling tests. I felt like a failure. I could not understand what I was doing wrong. I had no idea that the instructions worked better for people who spoke like Walter Cronkite on the nightly news.
To this day I still can’t spell worth a damn. I was never able to cast a spell to improve my spelling.
“I got my own way of livin’ but everything gets done with a southern accent where I come from” Southern Accents, Tom Petty
Written for Wednesday Writing Prompt 59 from my blogging friend, astrologer and Tarot reader Holly.