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The 76th 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.

Right before we got sick, I was sitting with a friend at a birthday party when the ChickieNob walked up to us holding what just might be the most phallic thing I’ve ever seen including all penises.

“Someone gave my child a cock and balls,” I whispered to my friend as she approached.

“Look,” the ChickieNob exclaimed.  “It’s a sword!  A balloon sword.”


Is that what they’re calling it these days?

And despite my strong dislike of play weapons, my insistence that balloon swords have no place in a car, and why oh why couldn’t she have asked the clown for the nice balloon doggie that I saw other children holding, the balloon sword came home with us and now is shriveling up on itself like its post-coital equivalent.

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 { 10.28.09 at 7:25 pm }

Two things:

1. The penis, mightier than the sword.

2. Did you see what Kristin tweeted last night? http://bit.ly/ibJlI

Dude. You should submit.

2 Erica { 10.28.09 at 7:50 pm }

so f-in’ funny

3 Quiet Dreams { 10.28.09 at 7:51 pm }

You should totally submit that…totally.
LMAO over here at that.

4 IF Crossroads { 10.28.09 at 8:05 pm }

That balloon is SO wrong. “the balloon sword came home with us and now is shriveling up on itself like its post-coital equivalent” – that singular line for some reason made me laugh so hard I started snorting! Thanks for sharing Mel!

5 Rachel { 10.28.09 at 8:30 pm }


6 tash { 10.28.09 at 8:36 pm }

Invite me to one of YOUR parties!

7 Hope in Briarrose { 10.28.09 at 8:45 pm }


8 Wifey { 10.28.09 at 8:46 pm }

Oh I SO love it, that is too funny!

9 Kymberli { 10.28.09 at 8:50 pm }

OMG, I’m cracking up here. That’s almost as bad as Kaelyn’s “bubblefish.”

10 Suzy { 10.28.09 at 8:54 pm }

that’s one of the funnest things I’ve seen in a long time! : )

11 a { 10.28.09 at 9:41 pm }

I’ve always thought the same thing about those balloon swords. Hilarious!

12 Kristin { 10.28.09 at 11:07 pm }

Bwahahahahaha…and you should submit that to http://bit.ly/ibJlI

13 Vee { 10.29.09 at 1:46 am }

Hahahahah!! So funny !

14 Jamie { 10.29.09 at 3:18 am }

Oh.My.Lord. That is the best party favor EVER. Well, maybe not for a five year old . . .

15 Wishing4One { 10.29.09 at 4:04 am }

Too freakin funny!

16 Half of a Duo, Raising a Duo { 10.29.09 at 6:27 am }

Every balloon thing I’ve ever seen is comically phallic. Or hotdog-like.

My show and tell this week has to do with the anniversary of my grandpa’s death and how I chose to celebrate it.

I taught the boys how to play the harmonica. They are 19 mos old and turned 19 mos on the anniversary of his death. N is really great at the harmonica. He learned from me, who learned from my grandpa. That is how I honor my grandpa, who was beloved to me, and was the only man in my life, the only real father I knew. I miss him every day. He’s been gone now 5 years. The pain of his loss I feel every day. He would love the boys and would have taught them all the things he taught me: to fish, play the harmonica, do boy-like stuff. He was surrounded by girls and women, and respected us… and gave us the bravery to do bold things, just like boys. A gentleman, and a scholar, he was.

There will be 2 guest bloggers on my blog this week, one a twin who wrote a nonfiction bestseller about twins, blogging and writing about her experiences, the other a NYC journalist mom who will be a guest blogger.

I’ve been slammed with two very sick children (asthma) one sicker than the other so will let my writing friends take over the blog for the next week!).

My show and tell is at the bottom of the entry. N playing the harmonica. A video of him. And A blowing him a kiss at the end. Your hearts will MELT.

17 Life Happens { 10.29.09 at 9:10 am }

There’s gotta be a better way to make a balloon sword!

18 jill { 10.29.09 at 9:58 am }


19 Kate (Bee In The Bonnet) { 10.29.09 at 10:15 am }

Oh, MY. That balloon is… a phallus! There’s not a bit of sword about it! The balloon-twister person HAD to have known what they were creating– a pale pink tubular item with TESTICLES… SO not a sword.

Yeah. That person may have a better career in adult-themed parties rather than kid situations.

20 once a mother { 10.29.09 at 11:02 am }

wow, that is wrong on SOOOO many levels. Even the color choice for the balloon makes it… well… worse 🙂 Thanks for the smile.

21 KLTTX { 10.29.09 at 12:02 pm }

Haaa! That is too funny.

22 Katie { 10.29.09 at 1:21 pm }

That is hysterical!!!

23 karlinda { 10.29.09 at 1:57 pm }

This is so… wrong. But funny!

24 Prue { 10.29.09 at 5:48 pm }

What on earth possessed the balloon artiste to use that particular shade of pink?
They totally knew!!

25 Lynn { 10.29.09 at 8:24 pm }

Lol! Just showed this to The Hubs. His response was “At least it wasn’t circumcised”. Too funny!

26 Jen { 10.29.09 at 9:26 pm }

i just laughed and laughed. thanks for sharing

27 mybumpyjourney { 10.30.09 at 9:15 am }

That is so funny! “Someone gave my child a cock and balls” . ROFL You just can’t make this stuff up!

28 Battynurse { 10.31.09 at 1:37 pm }

Oh my, that’s funny.

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