The email said: “Your child’s class is taking turns at show and tell. Please write down the date from the attachment as the names are not in order”. I will check the date later, I told myself. I am too busy right now.

I checked later. Later was the evening of the day that Miss 4 should have presented her show and Tell. I felt wretched. I emailed the teacher and begged for another date. I have to make up for my bad parenting, I thought.
Miss 4 was sad that she had nothing to show that day.

I received an email back from the teacher who gave me another date. My parenting is redeemed, I told myself.
We pulled out a toy trumpet from India, her first trip overseas and discussed what she would say.
“I like this trumpet” she started, then stopped. “Why?” I prompted. “Because I do”

Despite our practising, I suspect that her show and tell was very short. The main thing is that she enjoyed herself and was involved.

Posted by deb_gs, 27th April 2015

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  • Sounds like something I would have done!


  • Show and Tell is the highlight in my childrens week. I’m sure the teacher sits there very amused at what these kids say :)


  • Show and tell time is such fun at school and always so entertaining.


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