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The 67th 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.

Lest you think I am the only person in the family with brilliant ideas, the ChickieNob and Wolvog dreamed up bringing a chocolate cake to Josh’s office and having him write a mock-angry email to the staff asking who left a cake in the lounge because it was now crawling with worms–and decorating the cake with GUMMY WORMS TO FREAK THE SHIT OUT OF A BUNCH OF NON-PROFIT DO-GOODERS.

They were positively gleeful, dancing around the kitchen, imagining the surprise of the staff as they encountered what we dubbed the Worm Cake. They were so excited that they were turning into Ed Grimley, running back and forth in the kitchen, breathlessly describing the revulsion and horror that would rock Josh’s workplace while…um…I did the majority of the baking. They were so busy running that no one helped me; the deliciousness of their trick was unbearable.

They did curl up two gummy worms underneath the pool of “watery dirt” (aka, Leah’s chocolate icing. Go bother her for the recipe because it is so damn good) and placed a few crawling on the top. And this was their creation.

Except the horror show that was to happen was never to be because the ChickieNob got a turn of conscience right before bedtime and cried over the idea of people being freaked out in their offices because they thought there was an army of worms on the top floor. And she wanted me to call her father and make him promise that he would tell his coworkers the truth. That it wasn’t dirt and worms despite the overwhelmingly realistic evidence in the eyes of a five-year-old. It was just chocolate cake with chocolate icing and gummy candy. It was breaking her heart to consider the alternative that almost was.

Instead, her new idea before she went to sleep was to somehow coax everyone into the hallway for a giant, five-minute dance party. Dream big, little girl. She went to bed muttering, “they’re trying to work. But I want them to dance. They are trying to work. But it would be funny if they would just dance.”

And I am willing to put down money that she figures it out–that she somehow gets everyone dancing in the hallway, if not at the same time like a Coke commercial, then for their own five minutes of enjoyment.

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.


1 Lavender Luz { 08.26.09 at 5:22 pm }

I love the image of your little Ed Grimleys.

And the awakened conscience is priceless.

I would totally organize a dance party for her if I worked in an office.

2 Cara { 08.26.09 at 5:38 pm }

Oh your sweet girl's conscience is riveled by few five year olds in the world.

Um, dancing in an office with cake (dirt or no) AND non-profit work to be done = my idea of a GREAT time!

3 Once A Mother { 08.26.09 at 6:52 pm }

and wouldnt the world be a better place if we all put down our work and just danced? what a precious post.

4 HereWeGoAJen { 08.26.09 at 7:15 pm }

I do hope that next week's show and tell is pictures of the ChickieNob's office dance party.

This is one of the best stories I've read all week.

5 loribeth { 08.26.09 at 7:25 pm }

That's just too cute. : ) We could all use more dancing at work, I think — ChickieNob has the right idea!

6 WiseGuy { 08.26.09 at 7:33 pm }

LOLOL….the cake was actually calling my name…

It is so trye, seeing the worms without knowing that they were candy would have freaked me out!

Loved ChickieNob's idea of a giant hallway bootyshake.

What did happen eventually? Do post about what happened when Josh took the cake to office…

Did you do as ChickieNob got you to promise?

7 WiseGuy { 08.26.09 at 7:34 pm }

*It is so true*

8 callmemama { 08.26.09 at 7:38 pm }

Oh my gosh, a dance party! What a sweetheart :).

9 'Murgdan' { 08.26.09 at 7:39 pm }

Nothing to show…I just love your cake. 🙂

10 Kristin { 08.26.09 at 8:12 pm }

Oh how funny. I love that they came up with the idea and that ChickieNob's conscience got the best of her. Too cute.

11 Lorza { 08.26.09 at 8:20 pm }

I don't have anything to bring to class this week- but I LOVE the cake..and ChickieNob's dancing plans. Hilarious. You have precious children!

12 areyoukiddingme { 08.26.09 at 8:33 pm }

Your children have inherited your creativity! Congratulations – let's hope they continue to use it for good…

We used to have disco Fridays at work. And by we, I mean one of my coworkers and I would subject the rest of our section to an entire day of disco. I'm sure they enjoyed it.

13 jill { 08.26.09 at 9:35 pm }

Seriously adorable story!

14 Delenn { 08.27.09 at 6:14 am }

The cake looks wonderful. I love how 5 year old minds work. They see the world a certain way, and assume everyone else sees it that way too.

15 battynurse { 08.27.09 at 6:54 am }

How cute. Both the cake and chickienobs idea for dancing and her not wanting to scare everyone.

16 Piccinigirl { 08.27.09 at 6:58 am }

wow, what a good heart..what a smart little girl..what a yummy gummy cake!!!!!


17 Brenna { 08.27.09 at 7:07 am }

Your little lady is a total cutie! I love her concern for her dad's colleagues. Plus, the cake looks DELISH (oh-so-convincing worms and all).

18 JuliaS { 08.27.09 at 7:45 am }

Ummmmmmmmm – cake!

Hey Mel – is there a permalink on your home page somewhere that I am missing for the Blogger Bingo list? I'm checking every day for the category and then I have to backtrack back through your archives to get the list.

I could just bookmark it! :0)

19 HC { 08.27.09 at 7:59 am }

LOL, How cute! Its very poetic : ""they're trying to work. But I want them to dance. They are trying to work. But it would be funny if they would just dance."

Ah, if we could remember that always. I think i am going to make a magnet out of it.

20 Julia { 08.27.09 at 9:27 am }

OMG, this is simultaneously pee-your-pants funny and incredibly tenderly endearing.

21 becomingwhole { 08.27.09 at 12:18 pm }

I love, love, love the Chicki-Nob's gentle heart.

And that will be a great story to tell her later what kind of child she was.

22 Rachel { 08.27.09 at 8:27 pm }

LOVE this idea.

23 B { 08.27.09 at 8:40 pm }

Tell little C and W that I would be very happy to find that in my office because I come from Australia and some people here really do eat worms.

See here for whichety grubs
(sorry – don't know how to hyperlink)

and here http://www.clontarffootball.com/userfiles/images/NT/Tiwi/2009/Term2Rewards/Photograph%252013.JPG&imgrefurl=http://www.clontarffootball.com/articles.php%3Freq%3Dread%26article_id%3D1068&usg=__Z6k7X6M3WH-mdU4Cph3u7JkJ3gU=&h=600&w=450&sz=53&hl=en&start=1&tbnid=DHlm-DxYuwLs2M:&tbnh=135&tbnw=101&prev=/images%3Fq%3Deat%2Bmangrove%2Bworm%2Bnt%26hl%3Den%26sa%3DN

for mangrove worms (and I've eaten these!)You have to scroll down a bit to see the 12" mangrove worm. You squeeze the mud out and then eat them raw.

So eating jelly worms…… no worries! ; )

24 B { 08.27.09 at 8:44 pm }
25 Lin { 08.27.09 at 9:49 pm }

Love this story…and the sweet change of heart in the end. I hope everyone enjoyed their dance as much as the yummy cake! 🙂

26 luna { 08.28.09 at 12:16 am }

oh I would hire her in a flash!

what a sweet girl with her tender conscience.

27 Bea { 08.28.09 at 5:49 pm }

She wasn't just angling to keep the cake? Wow. Maybe I should rethink my parenting strategy…


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