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Saturday, May 17, 2008

Show and Tell

This is my 800th post so it seems fitting to kick off something with this. Show and Tell was getting smothered in the Roundup and it wasn't easy to click down the comments and find who was doing it. And I've loved the posts that have already gone up. So, since the Roundup is already too long for words, I am officially moving Show and Tell to Sunday. Put up your post at any point in the weekend and link to it in the comments section on Sunday when I put up the new post so everyone can find each other. If you've had writer's block, here is the perfect antidote--you can have a built-in post every single week. And we can sometimes declare a theme and announce it in the Roundup so people can prepare in time. So...Sundays. Show and Tell Sundays. Posted this week a day early since I had already posted about it in the Roundup yesterday and things were getting too confusing.

To repeat:

Do you remember Show and Tell from elementary school? You agonized each week what to bring to show the class and then ended up grabbing a random He-Man character as you were running for the school bus ("um...this is She-Ra. And she's a friend or something of He-Man. And she comes with this little plastic snake.").

If you didn't have Show and Tell at your school, it was pretty simple: you brought in an object and got up in front of the class and spoke about it for a minute. Then, if you had a nice teacher as I had, the teacher encouraged you to let it be passed around the classroom. Everyone examined your object and then it made its way back to you. And you were the kindergarten equivalent to the Rock-Star-Bat-Mitzvah girl that day.

I'm kicking it old school and reinstating weekly Show and Tell

Here's how it works.

If you would like to join circle time and show something to the class, simply post each Sunday (or earlier in the weekend or on Monday if you can't do Sunday), 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.

Extra points if you take us down memory lane, teach us something new, or make me cry. Label your post "Show and Tell" each week and then come back here and add the permalink in the comments section below (make sure you don't just comment that you participated: add a link to your blog in your comment so people can click over). I will post a new Show and Tell post every Sunday. You can make your Show and Tell post a separate post or include it as a small section of a larger post. Oh, and then the point is that you click through all of your classmates and see what they are showing this week.

So, classmates, let's begin.

Since books are a huge part of my life, I thought I would begin by showing you my favourite book of all time: The Phantom Tollbooth.

The first time I read it, I was in first grade and I brought the school library's copy to class as a Show and Tell object. I loved this book so much that I always refused to read the last page because I thought that if I didn't read it, the book didn't end. I am terrible with endings.

I think I loved it so much not because I wanted to be like Milo, risking life and limb to save the princesses (okay, so not really life and limb, but the Terrible Trivium was pretty damn scary), but I loved the idea of a world where a random gift could pop up one day in your bedroom. I used to wrap gifts for myself in the morning and will myself to forget about them so I could be surprised in the afternoon. It didn't really work.

This is the book that made me want to be a writer.

What are you showing today?

Other People Standing at the Head of the Class:
  1. Spuddy Buddy
  2. Kir's Corner
  3. Busted Babymaker
  4. Serenity Now!
  5. Waiting for My Turn
  6. Life From Here
  7. The Sweet Life
  8. Imagine Alyzabeth An
  9. Life After Infertility and Loss
  10. Bloorb This!
  11. There's Hope
  12. The Therapist is In
  13. Living with the Cards I was Dealt
  14. Quiet Sanctuary
  15. Weebles Wobblog
  16. Fumbling Towards Eggstacy
  17. Infertility on the Brain
  18. Baby, Borneo, or Bust
  19. Surrendering
  20. The Only Constant is Change
  21. In Search of Biscuit 2.0
  22. Dreams Come True...Sometimes


luna said...

wow, 800 posts! that's amazing. congrats!

I'm cheating a bit on the show and tell, because I'm really just showing and not telling. maybe I'll take you down memory lane next time. here's the link (if it didn't work above):

ColourYourWorld said...

Congratulations on the 800th post !!

I love this idea and I am joining in....
here is my link

Alyson and Ford said...

Count us in! My DH just posted a story down memory lane. So here's the link.

Alyson and Ford said...

Oops, didn't finish the comment (was distracted and talking to DH at the same time!!).
Very strange that we just posted a story on our old neighbors.

Congratulations on your 800th post!

Alyson LID 01/27/06

chicklet said...

I'm going to participate but maybe not for a few days, I'm not organized enough to do this by tomorrow. Thx for this, it's a good distraction.

Anonymous said...

OMG Mel! The Phantom Tolbooth!

My 5th grade English teacher would read us pages from the book daily, but "only" if we were "good." I cannot believe there once was a time that kids teetering on puberty begged to be read to: Pleeeeese, Mrs. Essis!! Pleeeeeese!!!!

I barely remember the plot but I loved the concepts - I would not make a good resident of digitopolis.

Thanks for that, and congrats on post #800!

HereWeGoAJen said...

Happy 800th. That is amazing!

I love the Show and Tell. It will give me something to read when normally there is less on the weekends!

Jendeis said...

800 Posts! Congratulations dahlink!! Mazel tov!

JuliaS said...

Count me in for S&T (that almost sounds dirty - lol!) and congrats on 800, you barely look a day over 799.

Here's my show & tell

Jamie said...

What a great idea!! And congratulations on you 800th post! WOW!!

Here is my link, I hope you enjoy as much as I have enjoyed everyone else's!!

Amy said...

I wanna play! How fun! Here's my show and tell.

chicklet said...

Ok, I'm back, and I'm in.

Fat Girl said...

I think your Show and Tell idea is really fun. Thanks for sharing! I put up my own post just now:

Now I'm going to click on the last few participants that I haven't seen yet. =)

HeidiM said...

Thanks for thinking up the Show & Tell!!

Here's my contribution...

m said...

Mel, you're a gem. This is a fantastic idea!

Here's my contribution:

Paula Keller said...

800 posts! Whoa!

Here is link:

I promise future Show and Tell's will be more uplifting!

Queenie. . . said...

Congrat's on the milestone.

These are a lot of fun to read! Here's mine:

show and tell

Lori Lavender Luz said...

800: You are one fertile infertile!

My turn at the blackboard.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for getting this started. I don't have much to show and tell about but like you said... it's fun to grab something on the way out the door.

Anonymous said...

Ooops! I forgot to leave my permalink.

VA Blondie said...

Congratulations on the 800th post!

I would love to play show and tell, too. Here is my link...

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on 800 posts! I am not worthy!!

littleangelkisses said...

This is my link...

I like this idea!

Mara said...

Congrats on the 800 posts!! WOW!

I love the whole show and tell thing, and though I'm a day late, am joining in, if I can!

..Soo.See.. said...

800?!?! Oh my! Awesome!

Include me in show & tell. I planned on just posting it friday, but for some reason my brain didn't compute into telling you I'll do it. Either way, I'll do it tonight and only be 1 day late (instead of 3).

Pamela T. said...

Not sure if this is the right place to link, but here you go:

Shelby said...

Hi Mel!

I'm new to show and tell. Here it is: