Poor Granddaughter came home from school yesterday with hand lotion all over the contents of her backpack. These contents included her library books, binder, and a multitude of pens and pencils!
First things first, empty the back pack. I noticed all the contents have black all over them. Was the lotion black? Oh… now I find the problem. Her pencil sharpener had also broken and spilled all it’s contents into the bottom of her bag. Mix the pencil lead, wood shavings, and hand lotion together… you get black lotion on everything. And did I mention the backpack was Neon Orange? It looked like a Halloween project gone terribly wrong. Yuk!!!!!
How can we save those poor library books? (I didn’t take any pictures of the books, but she did a good job cleaning them up) and how can we prevent this from happening again? From this point forward, Lotion goes into a ziploc bag! Pens and pencils go into a pencil bag. (She has a pencil “box” but it’s metal and the hinges broke the first week of school.) Not very effective if it doesn’t stay closed. So, how do you get black lotion from the pages of books and journals and everything else in the bag? Well… Mr. Clean Erasers, that’s how! Those things clean anything and everything!
I decided she needed a new pencil case. We pored through the scrap box, nothing jumped out at her. Finally, she asked me if we could make a Batman case. Of course, if you can draw the logo I can cut it out and applique it to the front of the case. (She has been obsessed with Batman for over a year now)…
She drew the logo for me and while I worked on her case, she worked on cleaning up all the contents of her bag. (the bag was now in the washing machine for it’s bath). Of course, she decided that she had to be in her batman costume while she cleaned… so: She got busy cleaning and I got busy sewing. I wasn’t thrilled with how the logo bunched up, but she was happy with it, and that’s all that counts.
I know… “why did she choose a white pencil case after such a messy disaster?” I asked the same thing! We lined it with black. As she usually does when I’m working on a project for her, she came bouncing in to check on the progress at least 3 times. Finally her bag was finished. She was very pleased!
On to the next disaster… In Middle school, there is always a new disaster around the next corner! Hurt feelings, bad hair day, boys, friends being mean, teachers being too harsh… never a dull moment! Have I mentioned how lucky I am to have my daughter and granddaughter living with me?