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Wednesday, August 05, 2009

The 64th Circle Time: The Show and Tell Weekly Thread

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.

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:

1. Weebles Wobblog
2. The Road Less Travelled
3. Baby Smiling In Back Seat
4. My Pathway to Motherhood
5. Wise Guy
6. Dragondreamer's Lair
7. Vee
8. once a mother
9. Conceive This!
10. Hobbit- ish Thoughts & Ramblings
11. Delenn
12. Vintage Mommy
13. In Due Time
14. Beautiful Mess
15. Working On It
16. Tubeless in Seattle
17. Building Heavenly Bridges
18. Bear and Comedian
19. Momsomeday
20. Barrenland Meditations
21. sparlky things distract me...
22. human, being
23. Fertile Ramblings

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.


Lori Lavender Luz said...

I'm so glad it's Sprint, because now I can talk to The Wolvog with our unlimited minutes!

Tell him I said,"dfgdfkjapsd v apple kia dlikjsoiuoiiiiiiiiiindjh orange orange Blackberry dkjhku"

Off to watch the video.

Kristin said...

What a fabulous surprise...from Tarrant to you and from you to Wolvog.

loribeth said...

What a generous gift!

It's humbling to think that a four-year-old not only has a BlackBerry but has a better idea of what to do with it than I do. ; )

HereWeGoAJen said...

Hooray for the Wolvog! I hope I get an email from him soon.

I'm assuming that apple is for Apple computers and kia is for the car? He's certainly got a nice focus on things he likes.

Baby Smiling In Back Seat said...

Does that mean he is also reading your emails? Should I cut down on the profanities?

'Murgdan' said...

Yay! It's just like new addiction.

Or as my husband calls "BLOGBERRY"

Hope you (all) enjoy it. said...

LOLOL....Totally Cool!

And congrats on your BlackBerry!

And yeah initially, I used to feel uneasy with Hubby's mobile keypad - he had a Sony Ericsson, and I am used to Nokia. Initially, I would be able to type the exact same thins as the apple apple comment by Wolvog. At almost 5, Wolvog, super!!!

Enjoy your gadget!

JW Moxie said...

Considering all the fun I had playing with my sister's BB this weekend, The Wolvog is a lucky kid!

ColourYourWorld said...

What a wonderful gift and such precious moments, enjoy !

tbonegrl said...

Just giggled at the picture and accompanying text image. Mine love to post on my blog/message board with BduBSCJBCJBACJBSJLCBKJ.


'Murgdan' said...

Oh....and I finally did a show and tell about our meet up! :-)...with a very special picture of me and the Canadian flag...just for you!


Mrs. Gamgee said...

I love it! There's something about kids and muscle memory... they can figure stuff like texting out in seconds where it takes grown ups forever. I hope he has fun with his new 'toy'.

Io said...

Ah yes, this reminds me - if he wants to blackberry message me he still can! I will email you my cell number.
Also. I believe that if he is looking for a job, my boss will hire the Wolvog. He will be very impressed by the fact that he can use electronics and will not care that he is four.

Beautiful Mess said...

There were all kinds of "pay it forwards" here. I love it! How great that it was given to you and you were able to pass it on. Beautiful moment!

kate said...

I'm so impressed that someone gave away a prize that they won. That's so incredibly generous!

I am probably the opposite of The Wolvog-- I feel less and less confident every time I see one of those thingers. I'm a desktop kind of girl, I guess.

annacyclopedia said...

I love how you really honour that part of the Wolvog that loves technology and gadgets, and how you really notice how it feeds his heart. It is so beautiful to hear in such specific ways how much you love him.

I'm also incredibly impressed that someone would give you their prize - it just makes the whole story that much more special.

Carrie said...

Oh I love it! Wolvog is a future programmer? Maybe I should call him so he can explain some of the finer points of using a Mac?

My three year old is OBSESSED with my iPhone. Frankly, so am I, but she amazes me with her ability to send email, take pictures, play games and change my settings. These kids are going to be past us in a few months.

What a sweet friend to give it to you!

ME! said...

LOVE the blackberry. That was awesome that she gave it to you. What a wonderful world we live in with such great friends. I am quite addicted to mine I imported my google reader RSS feed with the Vingo application. I have all my blogs everywhere I go!!! AHHHH!!!

Anonymous said...

It's kinda scary how easily four-year olds adapt to the new technology... me, well, I'm still not sure I can even get this text-ing thing down with my gigantic fingers...!

Kristin (kekis) said...

I don't have a BB, but my Sprint Treo is like my third arm. I mean, if I were a man, it would be like . . . well, never mind. That's AWESOME that you came home with the kill!

battynurse said...

What a wonderful surprise and gift.

Anonymous said...

That's so sweet! I think P will want a blackberry for his 5th, too. He's already angling for his own notebook.