I used to have a FinnZo Friday Feature, which was me posting a photo every Friday of one or both of our two dogs. But then the blog was migrated and the links were coded wrong and my head exploded, so I decided I’d start a new Friday Feature. Instead of just the doggos, I’ll make it all my favorite photos from the past. There are so many! My Smugmug and Flickr archives are bursting. It’d be fun to revisit old memories.
The little rucksack that started it all
This is me when I was…..younger than I am now. I’m thinking 8 or so? And that yellow backpack, that thin little yellow rucksack, is what started me down the road to becoming a total bag fiend. I love this picture because it’s an origin story. My grandma Bev gave me that backpack for Christmas, and it was filled with coloring books and crayons (which I’m using in the photo), and undoubtedly some Three Musketeers bars. I loved that bag. It became a comfort object, I took it with me wherever I went, filled with a stuffy, my art stuff, and whatever small survival object I could find (a wad of string – YOU NEVER KNOW – or a toothbrush, in case I was kidnapped and taken to another country where….there were no toothbrushes; clearly anticipating my biggest concern in any kidnapping situation).
Right after I turned 10 years old, the movie Cloak and Dagger came out, and I was obsessed! I loved it! I could have adventures like Davey! I could work with my friends to solve a mystery (and get help from my annoying little sister, if I’d had one), and I could run away from bad guys and save the day. And at every turn, whenever the hammer was just about to fall, I’d pull something OUT OF MY RUCKSACK (a baseball! a walkie talkie!) and use it to get myself out of any pickle. I’d be Davey, only a girl. MacGyver, only a girl. Or I’d be just like the boys in Explorers (age 11), but a girl. Or like Data in The Goonies, only a girl.
When my kids were little and we had Dora the Explorer, who had an entire song about her backpack, well, I was pretty happy about that.
My nostalgia for this little yellow bag is off the charts, amplified by the fact that my first bike was also yellow. When I become a Tom Bihn fanatic a few years ago, they had a color called Solar, that was a gorgeous bright yellow Dyneema fabric. It’s since been retired, but I was able to grab several Solar items before they were gone, and years later, I still love them.
This one is the project bag for my sock knitting:
They don’t have Solar anymore, but there are some other great colors if you need a project bag!