Spelling, I am convinced, is like musical talent. Some people are just born with it. Most, though not gifted, can learn to spell fairly well with some effort. For some spelling is just impossible, like a person who is tone deaf.
I would say I fall into the middle category thanks to the modern spell checker. Without it…I am in big trouble! Writing consistently and correcting my spelling mistakes has helped, but there are still words I get wrong every single day. Definanlty–see? I’ll try again–definatly. Nope that’s not it. Oh for crying out loud “definitely” (thank you spell check) is one example. “Exercise” is another word that I get wrong every time. Come on everyone knows there SHOULD be a z in there some where!
I was a church secretary for a while. It was my least favorite job ever. I was hired five days before the pastor. Isn’t that crazy? Why didn’t they let the new pastor hire his own secretary? Though he was kind to me, I always felt like he was somewhat frustrated with me. He didn’t like my writing style for the bulletin, did not appreciate my sense of humor, and the one time I asked him some question about how I was doing (I can’t remember exactly what) he replied, “Well, you can’t even spell!” Ha ha! I think we were both relieved when my oldest was born and I took on my new job as stay at home mom.
My most recent chuckle over my spelling problems came when I was updating my Facebook employment status. I wrote, “Part time blogger, full time wife, mom, and home edu (insert help from Google here) educator.” Ahem!