As Caroline was leaving for school this morning, I picked up her backback to hand it to her. I noticed though that it seemed to weigh a ton. I asked her what was in it:
"Stuff I might need."
"Maybe an emergency. You never know when a natural disaster will happen, Mom!"
I told her that her teacher would take care of her in an emergency and that for now she ought to only take a drink, snack and her books to school. She sighed and reluctantly let me empty her backpack before we walked out the door.
When I got back I looked at the pile of dumped "emergency rations" on the foyer floor and what did I find?
--8 gel markers
--22 scraps of paper with various unreadable markings
--a snail shell
--7 broken crayons
--1 drinking straw, apparently used
--1 ponytail holder
--1 reel of wedgewood blue embroidery string (I've been looking for that!)
--1 plastic toy zebra
--1 plastic toy elephant
--1 toy airplane
--1 2Euro coin
--1 dead earthworm
--1 plastic toy horse and...
..... no less than 9 large rocks.