I finally said goodbye to a wonderful backpack I've had AND USED for 17 years. I started using this backpack in 1995 when I started at Eastern as a freshman. I used it everyday for 4 years. It held many, many pounds of books and was lugged everywhere. After college, I only used it when traveling. I like carrying a backpack as my personal item on flights. It lets you carry quite a bit of stuff and you can always shove your purse inside as well. Over the years, I've added some tacky patches. Many of them are conversation pieces as Eric learned at the Mall of America last weekend when someone from Sweden thought he might have been Finnish. :) When traveling with Jack, we definitely use the backpack. Eric usually carries his Eddie Bauer backpack that he bought when he went back to school. However, the night before this last trip, he couldn't find it. So, we just had mine. Therefore, he carried it a bit. He hates it!
Upon our return, I decided that he was right. It is tacky and I hate to think of him having to carry it again. I ordered a new one. It isn't as pretty but it does have a spot for a laptop (who had heard of laptops 17 years ago?) and is made out of "tougher" material. The first one was an Eddie Bauer so I have expectations that this one will last me at least another 17 years. I will be rather disappointed if it doesn't. My old one was working just fine but it is now gone!
What didn't go are the little friends I've had on my backpack for about 5 years. They will stay and Jack already likes (to eat) them. :)
Possessions are just possessions but sometimes they have a lot of memories wrapped up in them! I can't wait to make more memories!