The 88th 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.
Say what you want about Allison, like the fact that she would willingly live in a state that has flying cockroaches–which are just crickets in my book. The woman remembers the fine details.
It started almost two years ago, shortly after Zoë died (the anniversary of which is this upcoming Sunday and it would be nice to flood Allison with love right now) when my family walked for hers in that year’s March of Dimes walk and we were Team Lennox and Zoë.
Her thank you gift was a rock. I’m not sure if I had mentioned it in a post or in an email, but I had once said in passing that I collected stones from various places. That I had different ones that I carried with me at different times (the first cycle we tried to conceive, back when we were in giddyland, Josh stole me a rock from a restaurant and I carried that one with me until we delivered the twins…so…er…two and a half years it lived in my pocket and I held it during every procedure and test). Beyond Josh and the twins who have noticed this because they live with me, my niece is the only other person who has ever given me a stone. We were walking and she bent down, picked up a random rock, and said, “I know you like these.”
So a rock came in the mail, I bawled at her thoughtfulness and the fact that she would remember, and a tradition was born where we send each other rocks from various places. Her husband makes her steal her own rocks when she sees one in a rock display. Mine knows I’m a wimp and rolls his eyes and says, “I know, one for you and one for Allison” before doing my dirty work. We have given each other rocks from beaches and hiking trails. We just usually pop them in a padded envelope.
Last fall, my postmistress told me a story when I was mailing a new rock to her about how she used to do that with a friend too and how the woman (who is now in her 80s) keeps the rocks in her garden and likes to sit outside and look at them and how she knows if someone moves one. I told Allison, “Let’s be crotchety like that when we’re older; yelling at people for moving our stones.” So now we’re committed to becoming bat-shit insane old ladies.
This week, a very special rock came from Allison’s very special place and I am beyond honoured that she would bring me a rock from there. Those are the best ones–not the ones that are beautiful and smooth and nice to hold, but the ones that come from somewhere meaningful. Her mother mailed the package for her and included this too:
The twins and I were marveling at it, imagining the size of the bird who built and abandoned this nest. Josh walked into the kitchen and said, “I just want to state for the record that I am not going to start stealing abandoned bird’s nests for you to start sending back and forth to each other.”
And while that thought hadn’t occurred to me before that point, I think it sounds like a fine idea. And now I need to go work on Josh since he has those long arms that can reach into trees.
Thank you, Allison (and Allison’s mummy), and my heart is with you all weekend as you remember Zoë. We’ll be thinking about her too.
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:
- 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.