What is This????
Have you ever had anything happen, that you just could not fathom how it got where it was?

I had an incredible surprise waiting for me when I opened my 7 year old's back pack today!!

Check this out, yes that is spaghetti.

He had a hot lunch at school yesterday and wanted to bring the leftovers home. He failed to tell me what he had done.

Words can not describe what I felt.

I thank God for grace and mercy, of which I extended to my horrified child. It was a good thing I had quiet time today.

I want to run a contest.

Share with me your story of what you have found in your child's back pack. The winner will receive a copy of the book "10 Minute Time Out's for Busy Women" by Grace Fox and a $10.00 gift certificate from Starbucks.

I can not wait to hear your stories.



Blogger Marybeth said...

I can't leave any sort of interesting story about stuff in a backpack, thank goodness! Not that I don't find interesting stuff everywhere else in my house. But I would love to win this book! I know the first commenter hardly ever wins, but I at least wanted to put my name in the hat.

Sorry about the spaghetti... I am marveling at your restraint!

Blogger LeAnn said...

I don't know when I have laughed so hard. If I had been eating spaghetti when I read your post, I'm pretty sure a noodle would have come out of my nose!


Blogger Joyful said...

Too funny! At the moment I don't recall anything that can come close to "spaghetti" in my sons backpack....however....my sister brought home a dead bunny in her bag when she was younger. She actually managed to get it in the oven and tried warming it up to bring it back to life before she was discovered.

Grace Fox is actually speaking at a Ladies Event about a two hour drive away from my home in a couple of weeks. I'm hoping to go and hear her.

Keep checking those backpacks!

Blogger Bonita said...

That is too funny! I know it wasn't funny for you at the time, but it's one of those family memories you'll be sharing and laughing at years down the road. Glad you got pictures!

We only have one backpack type memory that I can recall. We go to co-op on Thursdays and we pack lunches in lunch boxes. When we come home the kids are "supposed" to clean their lunch boxes and put them away as soon as they get home.

At the end of our co-op season last year (in April) I guess my son was so excited that he forgot all about his lunch box_ ALL SUMMER! In August when I started planning for our upcoming co-op year I was looking at our lunch boxes to make sure they were in decent shape and I couldn't find his. Horror gripped me and I thought, "No way!" Well, yes way. It was still in his backpack after four months. You can't imagine the moldy, smelly mess. I had to throw it away and guess who had to buy himself a new one. Oh, those absentminded teenagers! At least it wasn't full of spaghetti though! LOL!

Blogger Shari Braendel said...

Hi Charlene, I've been thinking about you lately so thought I'd pop over and ohhhh, yuck! And of all people, I can seriously see you smiling your way thru it! I would have screamed, then laughed my head off...and probably just have thrown the whole thing out! Just wanted to say a big Hi and Hug! love you!

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well that is pretty bad. Our was a lunchbag that was not emptied. My son had a lunchbag that had a wonderful extra zipper compartment on the bottom and he had forgotten about it all summer long and it hung on a hook by the back door to the garage. Halfway into the summer I started smelling something but only when I came in or out the door. I kept asking what is that smell but then soon got distracted. Finally I decided to find where it was coming from. After looking all around and then emptying lunchbags we discovered the hidden compartment had an uncleaned dish with remanents of spaghetti. I threw the container away.
My son just reminded me of when he didn't finish a banana he took for snack and decided to keep it for later in his backpack. He remembers smooshed banana all over it and cleaning it out.

Blogger Pinkshoelady said...

Hey Sweet Lady,
My backpack story is not as funny or as unique as yours but it became a reusuable object lesson around our house.

When my daughter was in 1st grade she came home with several small toys in her backpack one day. I asked her where she got them and she smiled coyly and said, "K.J. bought them for me at the school store." We then had a talk about her getting other kids to buy her things with money their moms had sent for them to spend on themselves not other children.

The next week, she came home announcing that I did not need to look in her backpack. You know that is the first place I looked. I'm no dummy mom. Sure enough more toys. This time from Calvin.
What is with her and little boys buying her presents? THis whole thing lead to lessons on deception. It is now used as an illustration at our house on being deceptive with our words and with our actions.

Love you

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