Snapshot: Book bag

So the girl in charge carries this book bag, which is one of my favorite pieces of art. She took a messenger bag, and decorated it with quotations from songs and poems, and with pithy sayings that either tickle her fancy or inspire her. How awesome is that? To give creativity its due, she follows in the footsteps of the tall boy, who did the same thing a few years ago. But there's something about the girl in charge's choices that just makes me grin.

She has quite a few songs from Disney movies represented -- "Oo-de-lally, oo-de-lally; golly, what a day!" "I'll get that arrow, pretty boy -- and I'll get it with my shirt on!" Simon and Garfunkel make an appearance as well. In addition to some of the classic angsty teenager S&G lyrics ("And a rock feels no pain/And and island never cries.") the girl in charge has also included, "Life, I love you! All is groovy!" Gotta love that!

I love particularly that she has Jean Valjean's prisoner number on her bag. But here's why my girl is all that and a slice of peach pie: While her brother wrote the Hail, Mary across the strap of his messenger bag, she has written the entire Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel in a winding ribbon all around her bag:

St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray. And do thou, oh Prince of the heavenly host, by the divine power of God, cast in to hell Satan and all the other evil spirits, who prowl throughout the world seeking the ruin of souls.

People, I love that girl!