I don’t fully understand my children’s obsession with bags and backpacks. As someone who avoids carrying a purse whenever possible, I just don’t get why they want to walk around with a bag on their backs when they don’t have to. But no matter, it’s their choice.
The other thing I don’t completely identify with? The need for parents to give their child birthday gifts for their first and second birthdays. The first time someone asked, “What are you giving K for her first birthday?” I guffawed and replied, “I gave her life.” Really, the kids don’t know it’s their birthday.
But we do. And so, as the end of June approached, I decided I would give N something handmade… a backpack. I scoured the internet for patterns, failed to find one that was both simple enough and fancy enough, and designed my own.
N loves it. See how proud he is?
He wears it constantly. Don’t you agree that gardening is much easier when you have a backpack with a zippered pocket?
It’s also great for urban “nature hikes”…
And cavorting with his big sister.
It’s the perfect size – big enough for a board book and some crackers, and small enough to prevent him from packing up a load that’s too heavy for his little body. And it has trucks on it. Or as N says… “truck. back. pack.”
Know what else it’s good for? Stumping blog readers. It was item #2 in my giveaway post. Remember this?
Yup, that’s Orit’s “oatmeal belt.” What looks like oatmeal is actually a digger full of dirt.
I predict this backpack has plenty of adventures ahead of it. Good luck, little backpack. With N as your owner, you’ll need it!