Show and Tell

by Kim on September 26, 2006

My mother just sent me the following, which I have slightly adapted.

A kindergarten teacher gave her class a Show and Tell assignment. Each pupil was instructed to bring in a religious object to share with the class.

The first pupil got up in front of the class and said, “My name is Benjamin, I’m Jewish, and this is a Star of David.”

A second pupil got up in front of the class and said, “My name is Saleem, I’m a Muslim, and this is our holy book the Koran.”

A third pupil got up in front of the class and said, “My name is Mary, I’m a Catholic, and this is a rosary.”

A fourth pupil got up in front of the class and said, “My name is Adam, I’m an Episcopalian, my Dad’s a priest, and this is a dog collar.”

Finally, a fifth pupil got up in front of the class and said, “My name is Charles, I’m a Methodist, and this is a quiche.”

{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

1

Olive Morgan 09.26.06 at 10:00 am

Some of us were disappointed not to find a quiche after the ordination services in Edinburgh this year - only tea/coffee and biscuits!

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Richard 09.26.06 at 10:11 am

I can go off people, Kim. ;)

Actually, though, one of the greatest mysteries of our time is the problem of quiche. When I was growing up there was no such thing. We had egg and bacon flan. (Mind you, we never had it at church. The meal of choice there was ‘pea & pie’ supper) Somewhere along the line, the humble fan became gentrified and re-emerged as the now-ubiquitous quiche. But nobody seems to know how it happened.

I’m not one for conspiracy theories but…

3

David Faulkner 09.26.06 at 1:53 pm

Quiche? I thought it would be weak tea in a green cup.

4

Beth 09.26.06 at 2:07 pm

Bill Clinton is out to dinner, surrounded as usual by aides and so on. After a while of his scanning the menu, a pretty young waitress comes to the table and asks him what he’d like to order. He says “How about a quickie, dear?”, she slaps him in the face and stalks away. One of the aides leans over and says “Sir, I think you’ll find that item is pronounced ‘keesh’.”

5

Kim 09.26.06 at 2:54 pm

Brilliant, Beth!

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Joel 09.26.06 at 3:52 pm

In the U.S. it might be green bean casserole or macaroni and cheese. For the most part, we don’t do quiche, which I believe I’ve eaten twice in my life.

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Richard 09.26.06 at 4:01 pm

Beth — :-)

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Kim 09.26.06 at 4:47 pm

Funny you should say that, Joel. In the version my Mum (Mom!) sent me - she lives on Long Island - the word was indeed “casserole”! I made the change for a British audience.

Interestingly, I think there is a lesson here in the way the Jesus-tradition was passed on in different contexts.

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Beth 09.26.06 at 5:38 pm

“My name is Beth, I’m an Anglican, and this is a schism…”

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Kim 09.26.06 at 5:42 pm

Hi Beth.

Sounds like you’re introducing yourself at an AA meeting! So you mean you’re a recovering Anglican? :)

11

Beth 09.26.06 at 8:33 pm

Ooooh, no… no recovery here. I love genuflection, incense, and the Hail Mary, and I’m proud of it!

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Ivan the Crank 09.26.06 at 8:55 pm

I’m still trying to figure out the Episcopalian and the dog collar. Quiche was way beyond me, but I would say that in my Methodist circles here in the south, casseroles and chicken would vie for first place. By the way, Bill Clinton and his request for a “quickie” shows he didn’t know quiche from casserole even though his wife is United Methodist. Perhaps they should have gone to more covered dish dinners.

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Kim 09.26.06 at 9:14 pm

Ivan,
I’ve never heard Hilary described as a casserole before!

And Beth,
before the recovery from your addiction can begin, you must first acknowledge that you’ve got a problem.

:) :)

14

Beth 09.26.06 at 10:56 pm

Kimmy, it’ll be a cold day in Hell…

15

Kim 09.26.06 at 11:20 pm

Well, Beth, the way I figure it, if we’ve got “global warming” on earth, maybe it’ll be compensated for by “infernal freezing” in hell!

16

oloryn 09.27.06 at 12:40 am

Perhaps they should have gone to more covered dish dinners.
I thought his problem was a failure to leave the dishes covered?

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