Monday, February 7, 2011

Snapshot: Book bag

So the girl in charge carries this book bag, which is one of my favorite pieces of art. She took a messenger bag, and decorated it with quotations from songs and poems, and with pithy sayings that either tickle her fancy or inspire her. How awesome is that? To give creativity its due, she follows in the footsteps of the tall boy, who did the same thing a few years ago. But there's something about the girl in charge's choices that just makes me grin.

She has quite a few songs from Disney movies represented -- "Oo-de-lally, oo-de-lally; golly, what a day!" "I'll get that arrow, pretty boy -- and I'll get it with my shirt on!" Simon and Garfunkel make an appearance as well. In addition to some of the classic angsty teenager S&G lyrics ("And a rock feels no pain/And and island never cries.") the girl in charge has also included, "Life, I love you! All is groovy!" Gotta love that!

I love particularly that she has Jean Valjean's prisoner number on her bag. But here's why my girl is all that and a slice of peach pie: While her brother wrote the Hail, Mary across the strap of his messenger bag, she has written the entire Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel in a winding ribbon all around her bag:

St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray. And do thou, oh Prince of the heavenly host, by the divine power of God, cast in to hell Satan and all the other evil spirits, who prowl throughout the world seeking the ruin of souls.

People, I love that girl!


  1. Tall Boy here.
    Copy. Freaking. Cat.

  2. Love this! What a gal! (oh, and kudos, too, to the Tall Boy who began the tradition in the 1st place)

  3. Copying is a form of flattery. And something that sisters just do. Deal, Tall Boy. ;)
    My daughter writes all over her stuff - purses and clothes - too. But it's not as meaningful as this. No prayers or literary references, unless you count a couple of Hunter Thompson quotes.
    This is really cute! How long did it take her?

  4. Tall Boy again.
    @...Diane? Ms. Fitzpatrick? (Internet protocol = confusion). Anyway, I would guess that it took her anywhere from two to three hours (if she did it all at once) to two to three weeks (if everything was added one at a time). Then again, she cheated and used Sharpie, which is way less cool -- and way more intelligent -- than what I did. (Fountain pens are tricksy).
    Re. copying being flattery...I can only say that with my sisters, it's either that, or some devious trick designed to subtly satirize my entire existence. It's a coin flip most days.

  5. Loving the responses from Tall Boy! I'm thinking I'm going to be hearing some of these types of conversations in about 5 or 10 years. My boys are 8 and 5 1/2 years older than their little sister. They LOVED and adored her when she was a baby. They STILL love her, but now that she's 3 1/2 and getting into their stuff all the time? Not so much! ;)
    Reading this post gives me hope that maybe all of her drawings on the walls will soon cease and she'll start writing on things OTHER than the walls! One can dream, right?
    By the way, when GIC stops carrying this around, I hope you put it away somewhere and save it for her. I think it's pretty cool!