I’m sure you have never seen so much excitement as there was in our house today when we heard that beep beep of the car horn. “Mommy what is it?” “It’s a surprise,” I said. “Can we open it?” “Hmmm, maybe we should wait… wouldn’t it be more fun just to watch and look at a box and wonder what was inside it?” “No, no, mommy, please let’s open it now!”
And so mommy gave in. And the box was opened. “I’m so excited – a kitty backpack and a water bottle. It is so cute! This is so special. I want to wear it. It’s perfect. I can’t wait to show daddy!”
Backpacks – invented in the 1950s by a hiking pro. By 1952 his new basement business has sold 29 backpacks in a year for $24. By the sixties and seventies JanSport had caught on and LL Bean was soon to follow with day packs for school. Look how we have gone from the leather strap holding your books, to a small one-strap bag, to little satchels, to the Millennials and their novelty bags and wheeled carry- alls. Enjoy the days of the backpack! From tablet (paper notebooks) to tablets (all your books on a 10 inch screen) AND handwriting to texting, there will soon not be a need for such fun!