Ry is entering first grade this fall. And like most other years, I expected he would request and need a new backpack. What I didn’t expect was he’d want a plain backpack. This meant no Sponge Bob, Car figures, or media creations on his back. I didn’t really believe he’d follow through on this. And yet on Saturday, while buying his mom a birthday gift, I offered to look at backpacks with him.
He appeared most interested in the number of pockets and zippers available. He noticed the array of comic charactors, but he was not interested. He spotted a totes back pack with zippers, drink holders, and ample room, but we decided to check out a few more at another store. At Filenes, we hit the jackpot. There was a nice selection. He carefully dissected the bright yellow Addidas pack compared it to the Jansport and then tried them on. He opted for Adiddas, but noticed subtle but differences in color and features. Before making the final decision, we put his mom’s box in the back pack, along with the Sponge Bob umbrella, and found a cap to put in, and lastly put his flip flops where his shoes could go. And the ultimate test, “how does it feel and does it fit?” He walked about the store, looked good, felt good….we had a winner!