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The 94th 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 was supposed to be Vashti for Purim, but once I put on the costume a few minutes before we were supposed to leave the house, I realized that I was going to be freezing for the rest of the day.  I debated this out for a moment with Josh and I finally admitted that the only other costume I could think of was a slacker a la Reality Bites.  In other words, our life in the 90s.

Josh said he would dress up too.  I ran upstairs and put on a pair of torn jeans, a t-shirt layered over long underwear, and a flannel wrapped around my waist.  A dug out an old pair of steel-toed Docs and slumped down on the sofa while Josh went to change, moaning to the ChickieNob, “I’m so bored.”  Josh came back in a t-shirt that read “wage slave,” a flannel, stained jeans and Chucks.  We went out to my parent’s house to get some help with the ChickieNob’s costume which had pretty much taken over our lives for several days.

As we were walking down the stairs, my mother looked at my scuffed shoes and said, “Melissa!  Polish your shoes.  You look like a slob.”

“But it’s my costume,” I told her, unsure how she could miss the brilliance of my slacker outfit.  “They’re not my normal shoes.”

“How am I supposed to know that’s your costume when you pretty much dress like that all the time?”

Good question.  I would like it stated for the record that I only utilize 80% of this costume on a daily basis.  My jeans are never ripped on a normal day.  I haven’t had a flannel touch this body since 1997.  And I usually wear faux-fur boots, not Docs.  See, it was a costume–not my normal clothes.

When we got to shul, our friend looked at us and said, “you guys didn’t come in costume?”

“We’re in costume!” I exclaimed.  “This is a costume.  We’re 90s slackers.”

“But you look like this every single freakin’ day.”

Perhaps we were not as clever as we thought.

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 Baby On Mind { 03.03.10 at 8:06 pm }

I remember dressing like that all through college in the 90’s. A slacker student. The slacki-er, the better.

2 Lavender Luz { 03.03.10 at 8:16 pm }

You look like people I’d like to hang out with, no matter the decade.

3 ..Soo.See.. { 03.03.10 at 8:33 pm }

I think you two look good! The flannels are great b/c they SO are the 90’s. And I’ll confess I giggled at your mom’s and friend’s comments b/c it reminded me of the “non-fancy overalls” comment too. Bwaheehee.

4 HereWeGoAJen { 03.03.10 at 8:39 pm }

There was a little girl named Vashti in my second grade class. Perhaps you could dress as her next time. 😉 She had braids in her hair.

5 Josh { 03.03.10 at 9:10 pm }

True fact: I was able to carbon-date my flannel as having been purchased from Sears in 1992. Still has my kibbutz laundry number from 1994 written in sharpie on the inside of the collar.

6 a { 03.03.10 at 9:29 pm }

I’m not sure that I would have been able to distinguish those outfits as costumes either…I think it’s all the smiling. Disaffected generation Y-ers do not smile. 🙂

7 Kristin { 03.03.10 at 10:08 pm }

I got a good giggle from your mom’s reaction.

8 Michelle { 03.03.10 at 10:49 pm }

I so see the 90’s slacker costume. I think I would have known…maybe. 🙂

9 coffeegrl { 03.04.10 at 12:11 am }

Very cute. That’s such a mom response!

10 TasIVFer { 03.04.10 at 12:12 am }

At least your costume is nice and comfortable! I usually come up with wildly elaborate ideas which are too uncomfortable to wear.

11 Krist { 03.04.10 at 10:30 am }

I love your outfit you look very comfortable. You and Josh are very cute.

12 loribeth { 03.04.10 at 10:42 am }

You would also have fit in at my high school in the mid-late 1970s. “Dressing up” for a school dance meant wearing corduroys instead of jeans — & only if you’d consulted half a dozen of your friends beforehand & got them to agree to wear THEIR cords too.

Things got slightly dressier in my last year or so (1978-79), under the influence of Annie Hall, Saturday Night Fever & disco. For the first day of Grade 12, I wore a long, knife-pleated plaid skirt, white satin blouse under salmon coloured sweater vest & grey flannel blazer with a skinny black tie, and Mary Jane shoes. I was soooo proud of that outfit.

13 Tara { 03.04.10 at 1:29 pm }

Love the costume. Seeing that makes me want to get back in touch with my friends from college.

14 LJ { 03.04.10 at 2:26 pm }

It’s all in the plaid. Now get out your mix tape chock full of Seattle’s best grunge gurus.

15 Kitty { 03.04.10 at 6:13 pm }

I think where you went wrong was tucking in the t-shirts. And Josh’s hat should be on backwards. Other than that, those costumes are pretty much perfect!

16 Bea { 03.05.10 at 12:25 am }

This is a scream. I have been predicting neo-grunge as the next fashion wave. Or maybe the next one after the next one – you see if it doesn’t come around again in the next 3-8 years or so. You are going to be so ahead of that curve, baby.


17 Battynurse { 03.07.10 at 3:56 pm }

Sorry no one saw the cleverness of your costume.

18 Geochick { 03.09.10 at 10:22 am }

Dissolving in giggles over here…thanks!

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