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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

The Telling Tin

This past Thursday, the Tongginator acted as Room Captain for her preschool class. The Room Captain, of course, morphs into Boss For The Day the Teacher's Helper. Much to the delight of the children, the Room Captain also brings home and returns with (cue angels singing) The Telling Tin.

Oh, (cue angels singing) The Telling Tin... it's the equivalent of the Ark of the Covenant for the classroom.

The Boss for the Day Room Captain places a much revered treasure from home inside of it. During Circle Time, the child gives the class three clues about the secret contents of the tin. Of course, secret is a relative term in a classroom with four- and five-year-olds. "It's a secret, but I brought Batman." "I'm not supposed to tell, but it's my stuffed bunny."

It's amazing that these unable-to-keep-secrets children will become teenagers in less than ten years.

The Tongginator's first turn with the Telling Tin, September 2008

The class loves to guess at the contents before the Boss for the Day Room Captain triumphantly pulls out the object du jour. I'm always fascinated by the treasures the children bring from home. It's sometimes random, often goofy and every once in while highly poignant. The Tongginator acted as Boss for the Day Room Captain five times this year. She's brought in her toddler lifebook, her beloved Doggy, a doll from her dollhouse, her butterfly "wings" and, this past week, her panda purse.

Which is a total shocker, I know.

However, before the Tongginator shoved her panda purse inside of (cue angels singing) The Telling Tin, she turned to me and said, "Momma, I wish you were small enough for me to put inside The Telling Tin."

Now if that doesn't melt your my heart, I don't know what would.

44 comments:

Andrea said...

Aww, so cute!

The Source said...

Awww...now THAT was sweet! Isn't it interesting the little things that mean so much to a small child? But to want to take her momma...that's special!!

When I started reading this post I though the Telling ZTin was going to be something else. When my twins were in first grade, their teacher had a jar with a pencil tied to it and she kept a million little slips of paper beside it. First graders want to tattle on EVERYTHING their friends and neighbors do...so each time one would come to her desk she'd say, "Go write it down and I will look at it after school." Oh my, we had some wonderful laughs!! We found vitally important info in that jar. "Matt is flicking boogers at people." or "I don't think Taylor brushed her hair today." or "My mom said she's not sending money for no stupid field trip!"

Georgia Peach said...

(comment chorus in unison)
"Awwwww, so cute!"

I love her confidence and even audacity in front of a crowd of one or one hundred, but it's her kind heart that really wins me over.

How gracious of Princess Butterfly to bestow her favor on you, her lowly, but beloved subject.
(tee hee)

Sherri said...

That is the sweetest thing.

I know it made your day.

sherri

happygeek said...

Awwwww.
I just read the post about the doggy (smart mommy to have multiple doggies. Smart, smart mommy.)

bbmomof2boys said...

That is so sweet - I can't wait to hear Little T say "I love you momma"...

Hugs,
Carla

Saint Louis Family Robinson said...

Awwwwww.... that definitely melts one's heart!

You're rigt: It is amazing that at this point they can't keep a secret to save their life, but all so soon secrets become their lives.

Gail said...

Awwwww.....sooooo sweet. Love this post, it made me smile TM.

Dawn said...

What? You didn't dig around your house to find a picture of yourself for her to put in the Telling Tin???

I just know you kissed her sweet face for that comment.

Blessings!

sara said...

That is precious & definitely heart melting!

Debbie said...

Oh, that girl! She does have a future in politics. How's that whole campaign going anyway?

Jennifer said...

I can imagine it is moments like this that make all of the other Tongginator moments worth it!

McEwens said...

That is so cute!!!

Mom to 5...Daughter of the King said...

How sweet! Those are the moments that make it all worth it.

Patty O. said...

Wow, that totally does melt my heart. Too, too sweet!

Kim said...

Awwww, yes that did melt the heart! So sweet!

What is it with little ones not being able to keep secrets? Just the other day Hannah told my son's girlfriend as soon as she came into the house, what we bought her for her birthday!

Aunt LoLo said...

I agree with The Source - I totally thought the TT would be a Tattle Tin!

And, yeah, that totally melts my heart!

LaLa said...

So so sweet!! It is amazing how they can't keep a secret...or play I Spy without saying "ok, I am touching it" if you don't guess fast enough LOL

a little leprechaun said...

That is so sweet!! And I love the HM post! Too funny!

Patricia/NYC said...

VERY sweet!! And isn't it amazing that they can't keep any secrets now, but in 8 years or so they'll be masters at it! Sigh...I just want to stay HERE! ;)

Ohilda said...

Oooohh...that almost made me cry! How sweet was that.

Hugs!

gritandglory.com said...

oh, i could just hug her!

Laura L. said...

Oh, that is so terribly sweet! I hope you'll always remember that one. That's a treasure for sure.
Definitely heart-melting and the sweetest thing I've heard all day. :)

Lauren's Nana said...

Yep, my heart is melted for sure, she is such a sweetie:).

Mamatini said...

(cue heavy sigh) Awwwwwww. That is just the sweetest thing.

Beverly said...

It melted my heart too! G's class has show and tell and she is so excited to bring a red fan and the book Good Morning China.

Dorsey said...

Oh my goodness!! That is the cutest thing EVER!!! If my kids (full-on into the teenager stage of life) wanted to shove me into the "Telling Tin" it would only be to put tape around the lid so they could get away with whatever they wanted until I found a way to pry myself out. ha!

Meredith Teagarden (The Things We Carried) said...

oh your girl makes me laugh so hard. What in the world does she do for your heart :)?!

prechrswife said...

That is just precious! Love it!

All Rileyed Up said...

Aw, now THAT is the kind of remark that should cue the angels singing. :)

Sarah said...

You're going to laugh when I tell you what my 1st thought was. Room captain would've never worked in any of the classrooms I taught in. For someone who never thought they'd be a teacher I certainly think about it a lot. The Telling Tin is probably a much better game than Telephone. What if next time she puts your picture in the Telling Tin?

Janet said...

So you think it's CUTE that she wants to stuff you in a tin....:-)

Suzie said...

Now that is sweet!! It made me smile :o)

Half Gaelic, Half Garlic! said...

Oh yeah...that one would melt your heart for sure!!

Something tells me she takes her job of being "The Boss", I mean Captain, very seriously:)

Lisa

Debz said...

Aww cute! She is a girl after her momma's own heart.
One thing that for sure isn't a secret is her love for you.

Heather of the EO said...

Heart officially meltified.

discombobulated said...

love it!

kia (Good Enough Mama) said...

Aw, that totally melted my icy heart. Really, it did. ;)

My Little Man won't participate in any of these type of activities. They have show and tell (Or Drag n' Brag, as I like to call it) every Friday. It's voluntary, so Little Man refuses to take anything, every week. He's afraid his things will get lost or broken. Ah well. That'll teach the teachers for making it voluntary! ;)

Kim said...

Awwww... that is the sweetest thing! Very heart melting indeed.

I love the idea of the telling tin too. clever

Elizabeth Channel said...

Makes it all worth it, eh?

Sharon said...

So sweet!!@ And so adorably told!!

PS..Panda! You are right. And i love every commetn you leave, its like the gift of a chuckle or some down right intelligent advise.

CC said...

that is the sweetest thing ever!!!!!!!

And I love the room captain idea. Too cute!

Sharie said...

OK - That is TO sweet!

Peanut said...

That is very sweet. She should take a picture of you!

"Show and tell" was the best part of elementary school... my husband has tried to revive it with the first-year biology class that he teaches, but they're not having it.