The Battle of the Backpacks

The annual ritual… we visit my mom, usually right before school starts. She has this great tradition of getting the girls new backpacks or dance bags, building excitement for the start of the “year.”

This year, we went down and had a wonderful visit with my mom, brothers, SIL, and nephews (no nieces yet… ahem, come on guys…). We walked into Target, and zeroed in on our target: The backpacks! They covered the wall, so many choices, like a huge tapestry of…


I felt like the guy in Clockwork Orange with my eyelids pried open, forced to stare at Hannah Montana until I couldn’t help but sing The Best of Both Worlds at the top of my lungs for hours. I just had to get to a Karaoke Bar, and fast! (do you think they would have The Best of Both Worlds at a karaoke bar?)

Hip Chick was getting sucked in quickly, as well. We had talked about the fact that she wouldn’t get a backpack with a character (read: Miley Cyrus, or her evil blonde twin) hugely displayed all over it. I told her we could get some patches or keychains to hang on it if they didn’t have an understated design. She had agreed, but as we got closer to the shrine, she grabbed one with a larger-than-life secret pop star staring at us, and said, “Mommy, I really want it!”

Uh oh. All I could do was pray, “Lord, how do I convince her without crushing her innocent admiration of Hannah Montana, thus, causing years of therapy bills in her distant future?”

Then she saw it. Our saving backpack. It was an adorable backpack with a small understated logo for the Littlest Pet Shop! Pink and purple with a cute green frog and stars. It had, not one, but TWO pockets in the front… and she fell in love with it.

Who says God doesn’t answer prayers?


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  1. Lisa @ Stop and Smell the Chocolates says:

    That worked out nicely! My son goes to a Christian school and isn’t allowed to have characters on his backpack and it’s getting harder and harder to do!

    And with boys, there seems to be a skull hidden in every single design. We actually ordered a great plain backpack online this time.


  2. Coma Girl says:

    Ah memories! But I am dating myself because it wasn’t backpacks that I used to get so excited about. It was my lunchbox. I used to agonize over which character to get, what color to get, etc.

    I love back to school time!


  3. My daughter is banned from all things Hannah Montana, too. 🙂


  4. Jo-Lynne (Musings of a Housewife) says:

    LOL. I posted a similar tale a few weeks ago. I was able to convince C to go with Tinkerbell instead of the icon HM. Thank goodness!


  5. I just wanted you to know that I enjoy your blog so much I just passed an award on to you.


  6. I cannot stand character anything–clothes, backpacks, headbands, lunchbags, pajamas, etc. The list could go on and on! Everything is promoting something.

    I am glad that I have our kids’ Christian school to back me up. 🙂 I don’t want them idolizing things!


  7. Deb - Mom of 3 Girls says:

    I gave in this year and did the character thing. Mostly because last year the girls picked out identical pink backpacks with butterflies and it drove me nuts all year that I could never tell them apart. So this year we have Hello Kitty – and High School Musical (yes, I’ve sunk really low here), but at least I know at a glance which is whose. Sigh.


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