I'd like you to meet our blackberry, Dr. Pangloss. This name was originally to be used for our future family guinea pig, but since we have not yet visited the humane society, we decided to use it for the blackberry Tarrant gave us at BlogHer.
The Wolvog had given me strict instructions to bring back electronics from BlogHer. This, of course, is easier said than done, but I entered myself to win a blackberry and three months of service from Sprint at the contributing editors party.
I waited anxiously for them to pull the names out of the hat. I mean, I waited anxiously. Ask Briar. I was anxious. I really wanted to be the cool mum who comes home with the electronics, like the cavewoman returning home from the hunt. I know some of you are currently rolling your eyes at the idea of handing over a blackberry to a not quite 5-year-old, but...he's really good at it. And it brings him such pleasure. Literally, you can see his whole posture change when he's using it because he knows he's good at it. His body conveys just how proud he is with himself and he will often try other things after his ego has been satiated through this venue. If it's important to him, it's important to me. And I wanted to be able to share a blackberry with him and have it be our special thing.
But my name was not called. Then, I felt a tap on my shoulder and Tarrant was standing behind me, holding out the box she won and said, "Denise told me to give this to you." I don't think I've ever been more floored. More knocked over. We took this picture, but I couldn't even really process what had happened until I got home and handed it over to him.
And you have never witnessed such pure joy.
So if you receive an email from me and it contains a bunch of gibberish and a few nouns, that is the Wolvog, just reaching out and communicating. One of the drawbacks to having all of your email addresses on auto-fill. It is, though, a nice way to see the world through his eyes. He takes the blackberry out of the holster, snaps a picture, and immediately sends it to 20 people along with a note:
dfgdfkjapsd v apple kia dlikjsoiuoiiiiiiiiiindjh apple apple dkjhku
Thank you, Dr. Pangloss, for providing a new way to bond with my child. Thank you, Sprint, for providing the service and blackberry. And thank you, Tarrant and Denise, for making his dreams come true.
If you did not see Tarrant read in the keynote at BlogHer, you should. The video doesn't capture the twirl she did walking on the stage which showed off her incredibly cool dress, but it does contain the post that made me cry backstage a few minutes before I was to go on.
What are you showing today?
Click here or scroll down to the bottom of this post if this is your first time joining along (Important: link to the permalink for the post, not the main url for your blog and use your blog's name, not your name. Links not going to a Show and Tell post will be deleted). The list is open from now until late Friday night and a new one is posted every week.
Other People Standing at the Head of the Class:
Want to bring something to Show and Tell?
- If you would like to join circle time and show something to the class, simply post each Wednesday night (or any time between Wednesday morning and Friday night), hopefully including a picture if possible, and telling us about your item. It can be anything--a photo from a trip, a picture of the dress you bought this week, a random image from an old yearbook showing a person you miss. It doesn't need to contain a picture if you can't get a picture--you can simply tell a story about a single item. The list opens every Wednesday night and closes on Friday night.
- You must mention Show and Tell and include a link back to this post in your post so people can find the rest of the class. This spreads new readership around through the list. This is now required.
- Label your post "Show and Tell" each week and then come back here and add the permalink for the post via the Mr. Linky feature (not your blog's main url--use the permalink for your specific Show and Tell post).
- Oh, and then the point is that you click through all of your classmates and see what they are showing this week. And everyone loves a good "ooooh" and "aaaah" and to be queen (or king) of the playground for five minutes so leave them a comment if you can.
- Did you post a link and now it's missing?: I reserve the right to delete any links that are not leading to a Show and Tell post or are the blogging equivalent of a spitball.