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Saturday, May 23, 2009

The 53rd Circle Time: The Show and Tell Weekly Thread (Anniversary Edition)

Show and Tell is wasted on elementary schoolers. Join several dozen bloggers weekly to show off an item, tell a story, and get the attention of the class. In other words, this is Show and Tell 2.0. Everyone is welcome to join, even if you have never posted before and just found out about Show and Tell for the first time today. So yank out a photo of the worst bridesmaid's dress you ever wore and tell us the story; show off the homemade soup you cooked last night; or tell us all about the scarf you made for your first knitting project. Details on how to participate are located at the bottom of this post.

Let's begin.

Please turn in your homework: It has been a full year since Show and Tell began, therefore, last week, I gave you a little homework. Please enter your favourite post from a past show and tell. Give the permalink url for the old post (not the permalink for the Show & Tell post, unless you are choosing something I showed. Give the link to the post that appeared on the other person's blog) in the comment section of this post. And then go back through memory lane and revisit some old objects and stories from this year.

This week:

I didn't take this picture (I got it here), but it is the perfect image to commemorate my Bat Mitzvah anniversary. The big 2-2. Which also happens to be today.

I share my Bat Mitzvah anniversary with Amy, one of my best friends from college. We met in an introductory Hebrew class on the first day of school and have been friends since (in fact, she was a witness at my wedding and signed my marriage contract). We realized that first spring that we shared a Bat Mitzvah anniversary which makes us parsha twins.

Part of this Hebrew class was memorizing these small plays that contained vocabulary words and performing them for the class. She was always my partner and we liked to spice them up. Instead of simply reciting them as everyone else did in the class, we brought props and costumes.

One of the plays had the phrase "l'yad ha'amood" in the dialogue and I couldn't stop bitching about what a useless vocabulary word "pillar" was. How often in life do you need to use the word "pillar?" And I didn't need to use it for almost three years. But one day, we were standing near the student union and I was trying to point out the boy I liked and I said, "l'yad ha'amood" because he was, indeed, standing by one of the pillars in that picture and Amy cried, "see! It did come in handy!"

So happy anniversary to Show & Tell as well as to my Bat Mitzvah twin, Amy.

What are you showing today?

Click here or scroll down to the bottom of this post if this is your first time joining along (hint: link to the permalink for the post, not the main url for your blog and use your blog's name, not your name). The list is open from now until late Tuesday night and a new one is posted every week.

Other People Standing at the Head of the Class:

A warning--Mr. Linky is working, though it's sort of strange tonight. If you click on the hyperlink below that reads "Please click here to display and enter links for this post," you can add your link and see the most current ones. I am manually placing the links into the post every so often until they start showing up on their own. If this doesn't work for you, place the information in a comment below and I will move it manually into the body of the post.

1. Weebles Wobblog
2. The Infertile Sushi- loving Princess
3. Fractured Rainbows
4. Building Heavenly Bridges
5. Bear and Comedian
6. Dragondreamer's Lair
7. Life After Infertility & Loss
8. Alana- isms
9. Meepit
10. Emmy
11. Mrs Spock
12. Hobbit- ish Thoughts and Ramblings
13. The Life of Liv
14. Wise Guy
15. Callie
16. Busted
17. nh
18. Tales of the Phoenix
19. Baby Smiling In Back Seat
20. In Due Time
21. On the Road Again
22. Baby Wanted: Apply Within

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 Saturday night (or earlier in the week or on Monday if you can't do the weekend), 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 Saturday night and closes on Tuesday 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.


Lori Lavender Luz said...

Mine is here:

Lori Lavender Luz said...

Congrats on your bat mitvah! No wonder you're never at a loss for words -- you have so many of them!

JB - A.K.A. Jenn said...

Mel - I completely forgot about last's week assignment and just did a plain old S & T - not a favorite one from the year.
(head hung in shame)

If Mr. Linky doesn't work my post is at

Promise to look back next week!!


battynurse said...

Ooops. I forgot my homework.

Cara said...

Damn. We are a tough class, aren't we...I forgot too.

Perhaps we could have a little extra credit for next week?

Congrats for your bat mitvah and your excellent teaching skills..even if your students are a bit slow on the draw!

Cara said...

HA! Second chances are great! I did my 'homework' on my other blog and that was EASY!

Arian said...

Here's one of my favs. It's my fav b/c not long after, I had a post of my own with some of Kristin's stash sitting in my very own living room!

JuliaS said...

Gorgeous building! I would love to head over with a camera and spend an hour just taking pictures . . .


JuliaS said...

Whoops - I picked one of my own past Show & Tells. I completely missed the "other person's" part somehow.


Oh well. That's what I get for ditching "class" last week!

I usually enjoy all the Show & Tell posts I read immensely. (yes, I know, cop out!)

Kristin said...

My favorite Show & Tell post was the one about my parents...
I also did another Show&Tell post and added it through Mr. Linky

Alana said...

Gorgeous building, love the architecture!

If Mr. Linky is still taking the night off, My Show and Tell is at:


Anonymous said...

Here's mine!

I love the pic of puddin's head sticking up out of the books. Don't know what it is about busted's cats, but they always make me smile, no matter where I'm at.

Delenn said...

Here is an old show and tell I really loved:

Anonymous said...

Oh, and just in case Mr. Linky doesn't work.....

Thanks Mel! And congrats on your Bat Mitzvah anniversary.

MrsSpock said...

Does one say Mazel Tov for the bat mitvah-versary, or is that completely in the wrong context?

My favorite:

Nothing like thinking of a shot-glass full of blood to make a great Show and Tell! said...

Dear Mel,

This is the show and tell for this week:

And here, is my most favourite Show and Tell:

I have entered my link in the other window that opened on the Mr. Linky's! said...

Words never lose their importance!!! Nice that you could put your vocabulary to VERY GOOD use! : ))

Callie said...

Hi Mel! I'm going to start working on my homework assignment right away! I tried to add my link through Mr. Linky. It looks like it took, but I'm not sure. Just in case, here's the link:

Busted said...

Congrats on the anniversary. And wow, that's a beautiful student union building! Ours was far plainer.

Emmy said...

I had a hard time picking a favorite, but wishing4one's post last week was one of them for sure. I love how she looks back at her first post and comments on what she wrote.

Emmy said...

That is a beautiful building! Congratulations on the anniversary!

Phoebe said...

I ditched last week's class. Also looks like Mr. Linky crashed :(

Here's my Show & Tell, dedicated to Lori:
Fire it Up!

Baby Smiling In Back Seat said...

Happy Anniversary!

DH's uncle shares a parsha with his son, DH's cousin. The uncle was so proud when they scheduled the bar mitzvah and figured out that they'd be parsha twins (albeit a few decades apart).

Sometimes I make a point of talking about a specific thing in another language just because I know the word. For example, the word "shoehorn" almost never comes up, but since I know it in Spanish (learned due to necessity during our trip to Spain in March), I now point out every shoehorn I encounter, esp. if I'm with someone who speaks Spanish (but sometimes not). "Ojo! Hay un calzador!"

Jenny @ Another Jennifer Speaks said...

oh wow nifty. i submitted something. ima bookmark this so i can come back every week. i love it. :D

Pam said...

Mr. Linky doesn't want to play still. My post is at