Musings of a Marfan Mom

Show and Tell


There are so many things about parenthood that we can’t predict. There are big ones, like whether your child will be born with a genetic disorder you’ve never heard of, and there are smaller ones, like what their interests might be.

Then there are scenarios you’ve never even considered…say, whether your child will decide to bring a souvenir from his colonoscopy to show-and-tell.

I blame his teacher. She insisted during parent night that we should allow our kids to bring whatever they want for show-and-tell, “even if it’s their Mickey Mouse underwear.” She said the point of show-and-tell is for kids to practice talking/talking on topic, and obviously kids talk more when they’re excited about the subject.


M has never been super enthusiastic about show-and-tell. Usually we remember just before getting ready for the bus and he wanders into the playroom and pulls out a random toy and that’s that. So, I was surprised when, on Friday, he ran up the stairs and proclaimed that he knew what he would bring for his show-and-tell day on Tuesday.

“I’ll bring the pillow from my poop test!” he exclaimed happily.

Note: This is the pillow his face rested in during the procedure.

“What are you going to say about it?” I asked warily.

“My friends will ask me questions. They will ask questions like ‘What is a poop test?’ and ‘What happened when you took the medicine?’ Then I will tell them.”

For the briefest of moments (after I finished discreetly laughing), I considered telling him to pick something else. But this is his 3rd year of preschool, and the first time he’s been excited to share something. And really, teachers need some laughs every now and then too, right?

Showing off the pillow before packing it in the Share Bag

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  1. I love this! So how did it go? Did anyone say anything negative? I’m so curious!


    marfmom Reply:

    It went ok, in that no one was negative. M was disappointed though. I guess that the student sharing only answers the questions that other students ask…? M said that two kids asked the same question, which is against the rules, so he didn’t get to talk as much. He was very peeved that the rules were broken.


  2. Aww, I can see Daniel having a similar reaction… but those rules sound kind of bogus (the sharer can’t tell his own story?!). I’m glad to hear that no one was negative, though.


    marfmom Reply:

    I agree with you: if M explained the rule accurately (which could be debatable) then that doesn’t seem logical to me. Why not have the sharer tell his own story, and classmates ask follow-up questions? That allows everyone the chance to practice their speech and communication skills at their own level.


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