I entered a free drawing to win a backpack today. I don't know why I did it because I don't need a backpack. With my luck, I might just win.
Then I was watching some random discovery health show this afternoon and they were talking about backpacks! They were saying public schools are buying two sets of books, one set for the classroom and one set for home.
This totally would have helped poor little me out in junior high and high school. I remember having dreadfully heavy back packs. And in the late 80's it was cool to have the equivalent of a beach bag for a backpack which only meant more discomfort with non-padded straps and using one shoulder to burden with all the weight. I distinctly remember having a 20+ pound bag of books on a daily basis. (because being the dork that I am, I weighed it)
Now back to Discovery Health. They say all these extra textbooks at school and at home are meant to proportion the weight of a backpack to 10% of the child's weight. TEN PERCENT! Do you even realize in junior high I weighed no more than 68 pounds. That's a 6.8 pound limit on my backpack (in 8th grade..) I think my purse that weighs more than 6.8 pounds.
So that brings me to today. When my kids go to school and they end up with heavy back packs I'm getting them super cool luggage with wheels. Especially Abby, tiny little thing. Either that or I'll make Tom carry her bag.