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Saturday, October 8, 2011

Remembering "Show and Tell"

I LOVED show and tell day in elementary school.
When I was young, I would scour our house the night before, for some wonderful treasure, that would be sure to wow my fellow class mates on show and tell day.
Our house always contained different items such as rock collections, seashells, instruments, and the like,
which were pretty interesting, as I remember.

But the all time most exciting show and tell day was the day I ( unbeknownst to my mother), brought into class, a promotional brochure of her from her Tahitian dancing days! I kid you not...
My mother was a wonderful Tahitian dancer who used to perform in upscale restaurants and clubs.
She was the lead dancer who had 3 back up dancers, a fire breathing performer ( whose name was Towoufy), and several musicians including a bongo player ( think Ricky Ricardo) in her troop.
So there she was posing for this brochure, in three different costumes including an authentic war costume with full headdress.
She had made all of her elaborate costumes by hand from authentic materials she had sent for from Tahiti.
Long black wavy hair to her waist. The original fake tan. You get the picture.

So when I came across a stack of brochures in the back of her closet from her dance days,
I knew THIS would be an amazing item to show.

I was so proud of her! I never thought for a moment that a second grade classroom might not be the best venue to showcase my Tahitian dancing mom!

 But my teacher was gracious, seeing how proud I was, as she asked "Is that really your mother?".
"Yes!" I answered, beaming.

When I got home from school that day, I told my mom about my wonderful day, and she looked a little pale as she realized what I was saying.
"What did your teacher say?" my mom asked.
"She asked if you were really my mom" I explained.
"Oh, okay" my mom said and we were onto the next thing, as was often the case in our house.

So, in sweet remembrance of show and tell, here goes...(don't worry, there won't be any dance photos, lol)

                                    The cockscomb is being harvested! Check out this color!

8 Monarchs were dancing around my head! I caught 5 of them on this Buddelia at once

                                              This guy was BIG!!!!  We thought he was going to speak!!   
                                                             It was a good year for "good bugs!"
                         The Peegee Hydrangea tree is lovely with a circle of lavender at its feet!

Okay and here's what we've been baking!

                                               Peppermint swirl and peanut butter swirl brownies
                      Espresso walnut brownies on the left, Raspberry almond white chocolate brownies on top,
                  cream cheese chocolate  chip cake bars on right, and dark chocolate brownies on bottom.

So, I guess I'm a "show and tell" girl at heart. Not that I'm not overly wordy at times, lol.
I just like the visual. And that's what my garden is usually about...the big showy stuff, the take your breath away, big color, billowy, bomb-style, car stoppin, jaw dropping beauty.

I guess it was inevitable...seeing most kids don't have moms with Tahitian war regalia in their closets.


  1. Your cockscomb has brilliant color. It looks lovely in the white basket.
    That is one big bug. Is it a praying mantis?
    You baking looks delicious, but I was expecting a picture of your mom, the Tahitian dancer. :0)

  2. Ah darn. I was hoping you'd show the brochure. I would have loved to see it. But WOW that bounty of Cockscomb is wonderful! Just gorgeous! The brownies look delicious. That praying mantis gives me the willies. I know they're great bugs to have in the garden and they are fascinating but they're too big for my tiny comfort zone. The butterflies are amazing. I love them. All in all, a very interesting show and tell.

  3. Oh, wow! Great show-and-tell! These pictures were all amazing. I have a praying mantis I've been trying to get a good picture of - but he/she won't pose for me at all! I love how yours turned to look at you! Amazing number of butterflies, awesome color of the cockscombs, and yummy looking brownies. Now I'm hungry!

  4. Love the photos! Your brownies are making me hungry!

  5. Lol, too bad you didn't have a video, that really would have wowed the class! All those beautiful brownies are making my mouth water.

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  7. How refreshing, I have been in the fall/halloween mode, you seem to forget there are other colors in the garden. Those cockscomb are so vibrant with color. I love your little creatures. Thanks for sharing. Kathy

  8. Oh my, how I've enjoyed viewing your little spot on our planet. The garden view photographs are stunning, and show thriving and healthy plants! I didn't know hibiscus wintered over in your zone, still learning!


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