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The 97th 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.

Last Friday, Lori came for a visit (I thought I was being all clever in the Roundup but…er…everyone guessed it on the first try).  We’ve gotten together two other times, but this is the first time that we had almost five days just to relax and have fun without other things we need to attend.

Her online name is Lavender Luz (which, by the way, I have always pronounced as “luhz; rhymes with buzz” rather than “looz; rhymes with booze.”–Mondegreen!), and it perfectly describes the light that is apparent in her and around her.  Lori brings the peace into the room.  Being with her is like sitting in the sunshine with a slight breeze.

And that’s what we did: we sat in the sun and ate a shitload of cake and teased Josh and met up with other friends.  We had girl time every night and played with the twins and watched Jamie Oliver cry.  It was this amazing visit and I cried leaving the airport.

On Saturday, I took her out to West Virginia, which is one of my special places.  I shyly told her that I like to listen to John Denver as I drive there, and she told me that she likes him too.  Right as we crossed over the Potomac River into WV, with Harper’s Ferry peeking out on the right and the bridge over the Shenandoah in front of us, we got to Denver’s “Country Roads” on the CD.  It was literally a perfect moment of being in a happy place and hearing a happy song with a happy person (as in, she makes me happy–Lori is not perpetually in a state of giddy clappiness).  It was a convergence of three things that mean the world to me: West Virginia, this song, and Lori.

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 HereWeGoAJen { 03.24.10 at 8:45 pm }

I highly recommend John Denver and the Muppets.

2 TasIVFer { 03.24.10 at 9:21 pm }

My cousins loved John Denver; listening to that song reminds me of them playing it when I was little and they were the cool older cousins. Since we live in different hemispheres now I rarely see them.

My aunt (their mum) was visiting Australia when John Denver died. I’ll always remember hearing about it ina shop at Alice Springs. She was so upset.

Thank you for your story but also for the trips down memory lane for me!

3 loribeth { 03.24.10 at 9:31 pm }

We played a John Denver medley when I was in band in jr high — Leaving on a Jet Plane, Country Roads & Rocky Mountain High. It was always everyone’s favourite. : )

4 Lavender Luz { 03.24.10 at 10:44 pm }

I am touched beyond words.


I listened to JCS on the way home.

5 luna { 03.24.10 at 11:58 pm }

so beautiful. what a lovely time you must have had together! you are both some kind of wonderful.

6 Flying Monkeys { 03.25.10 at 12:26 am }

I’m so glad you had such a great time together…and a little jealous. : ) Maybe some day I’ll rub elbows with some more fellow bloggers.

We have John Denver and the Muppets Christmas album, good times.

7 Annie { 03.25.10 at 12:40 am }

So glad you got to have visiting with a kindred spirit!

8 Battynurse { 03.25.10 at 1:20 am }

Sounds like fun.

9 susy { 03.25.10 at 9:09 am }

“Being with her is like sitting in the sunshine with a slight breeze.” <— so sweet! So glad that it was a great time! :).

10 Kir { 03.25.10 at 9:18 am }

sounds like you both had a fantastic time…I’m so glad.
It makes me want to sit in that sun with you!

11 Terry Elisabeth { 03.25.10 at 9:48 am }

Oh Mel, it looks like you had a great time ! I would love to have girl time for days and days. I think I’m the only one around me who likes John Denver. I didn’t know his name until last week.

12 mrs spock { 03.25.10 at 10:42 am }

You lucky dog, getting to meet Lori! I often listen to John Denver while driving the backroads of Ohio…

13 Tara { 03.25.10 at 10:59 am }

Sounds like lots of fun. I third (?) the John Denver and the Muppets.

14 Kristin { 03.25.10 at 1:25 pm }

Those are truly 3 wonderful things. I have to admit that I like John Denver too.

15 Baby Smiling In Back Seat { 03.25.10 at 1:54 pm }

When my babies were in the NICU, Lori suggested adding John Denver to my singing repertoire. Annie’s Song became a soothing favorite that I still sing occasionally, and Thank G-d I’m A Country Boy continues to make Burrito freak out with excitement. My husband is horrified that his northern son would have anything to do with being a country boy (also horrified that his wife would know the full words to so many John Denver songs), but anything that makes my boy laugh that much gets to stay in rotation. And I have Lori to thank for all of it.

16 Sheri { 03.25.10 at 2:28 pm }

I have had the privilege of knowing Lori my entire life (she is my sister) and she IS a wonderful person! I’m so glad you two got some time together.

17 April { 03.25.10 at 4:11 pm }

I grew up in WV and have always loved “Country Roads”. It is one of my favorites.

18 edenland { 03.25.10 at 6:24 pm }

Two of my favourite bloggers together!!! I can not WAIT to meet you both.

I pronounce it “Lu-zh” too! ~ and always will 😉

19 Lavender Luz { 03.25.10 at 10:36 pm }

P.S. I just looked at those photos again and I can see how happy i was in that moment. That perfect moment :-).

20 Bea { 03.28.10 at 7:01 pm }

Oh, that song brings back some memories. Glad you guys had so much fun!

(Wistful sigh…)


21 Martha at A Sense of Humor is Essential { 03.29.10 at 11:35 am }

Lucky for you all to spend time together and I am so happy for you and appreciative of sharing these perfect moments. My heart is light and full at the same time reading this.
Lori Rocks!!!

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