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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

The Coolest Thing I Ever Owned and What Happened to It

This may be a random jump back into blogging after my two week vacation (more to follow on that), but I've been grieving lately inexplicably for a relic from my past. Perhaps I need to purge to exorcise that demon. You all know the feeling. You've lost something, and you can't stop obsessing about it. Right? Well, in my case, this something is a WWII cowhide Swiss Army backpack. A good friend Shirlene who was serving as a missionary in Switzerland sent it to me at what I'm sure was great financial sacrifice. I was a junior in college at the time. You can imagine my delight to receive a large mysterious box all the way from Europe. Multiply that delight by 1,000,000 when I took out a cowhide army backpack!!!!! TOO COOL FOR SCHOOL!!!! It was box-shaped and had two flaps--no buckles. And all in this soft furry cowskin hide stuff! Having been up close and personal with Swiss cows since, I am touched by the sacrifice of one such languid-eyed bell-necked beast making the ultimate sacrifice for that backpack! AS it turned out the thing was heavy (duh), so I never really put it to practical use. However, Chris (my former spouse) glomped onto it with gusto and carried it all over Indiana University. He achieved a bit of a following and was the envy of all. It held his music books and was remarkably waterproof. Now we get to the sticky part. What happened to it...? Therein lies my pain. I don't know!!!!!!! Lots of things disappeared during the "Dark Ages"--a really smashing stock pot, my paperdoll collection, a dynamite leather jacket. That whole period was a series of stuff shuffling, and it makes me sick to think about it. If I ever see it on the street, I'll recognize it immediately--one of a kind. I'm forewarning the world that I will NOT--I repeat WILL NOT be responsible for my primitive reaction at that point. I searched for it in Google Images in vain. So what was the coolest thing you ever had and what happened to it?


Jill said...

The only thing that comes to mind at this moment are the California cherries I bought in Elko, NV that the California Produce police took from me when entering their state. I'm still miffed over that! I know. That does not even compare to your backpack!

Welcome back! Hope you had a wonderful trip! Have missed your posts.

Season said...

Tis unfortunate that Google images let you down. Perhaps one day it will fall from the sky—along with that "dynamite" leather jacket. :)

Shelly said...

I still wake up in the middle of the night cursing myself. "Those flowers! Those flowers! Why did I ever put them down and how could I have forgotten them." (beautiful bouquet of white calla lilies on my wedding day left at the temple after only having them for about 1 1/2 hr.)

Favorite books

  • Me 'n Steve
  • Thundering Sneakers
  • James Herriott's vet books
  • The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Travels with Charley
  • A Walk in the Woods
  • Peace Like a River
  • The Egg and I
  • Mary Poppins
  • Extremly Loud Incredibly Close
  • How Green Was my Valley