The backpack shame

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

So here is a tale of a backpack. Each year we buy the kid's school supplies. I buy enough for the whole year and don't usually buy more until the sales hit each summer. So in January Miss big A. comes home and shows me a little rip in her backpack. Over time is has gotten bigger, but my thoughts were "use it up, wear it out or do without". A quote I have used often this year from Pres. Hinckley. The last time I used that quote to rule my life, I ended up paying a service call bill on a broken fridge (hoping to save money), only to have to buy a new one that night and now well read on...

Besides we have other bags that could be used. She could have sewn it and counted it as a personal progress goal. Honestly, I just didn't want to buy one this close to the end of school. The plan was to get a nice new one for high school. Well apparently the backpack has gained some fame. It is referred to by some of her friends at school as pitiful. So with seven days left of school, a TMS teacher took pity and sent a brand new backpack home with her today. Well I guess I should have bought a backpack sooner. Maybe next week I will send her little sister to school with no shoes so she can come home with a new pair. Just kidding.

So now what do I do? It is not like we are too poor to buy one, I just too cheap. Do we just say thank you and go on with life or send it back with a kind no thank you, we will get a new one this summer? ( I am not buying one with 7 days left of school.)

Oh, and this summer I will add a spare backpack to our supply list.
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Amanda Davis June 2, 2010 at 11:06 AM  

What a kind teacher!

Jef June 8, 2010 at 11:09 PM  

send back a nice thank you note and keep the backpack...the teacher deserves her blessings too.