"What," he demanded, "I have to start all over?"
Mentally calculating the work involved in getting him to do the project the first time, I decided, "no, it was once almost politically correct to spell potato, potatoe, you'll be fine, your teacher will just knock off a few points for spelling."
My son looked at me, completely confused, "huh?"
"The former Vice President of the United States of America spelled potato, potatoe, while at a school spelling bee, I informed him. "It used to be vogue. The most conservative Conservatives at the time I thought were going to lobby Webster's to formally change the spelling."
My son looked at me skeptically, "what VP was that, Al Gore?"
I shook my head, "nope, it was Dan Quayle."
My son wanted to know, "who was that?"
"Oh, he was George Bush, the father's running mate," I replied.
"Wow! You are old," my son exclaimed, impressed.