The Fun Bag

Back when I was a kid, an older cousin (who was more like an uncle) gave me a Crown Royal bag. It had some money and a buckeye nut in it and was immediately one of my favorite things. What’s not to love about a cute little drawstring bag, right? And then my grandmother saw it. She was less than thrilled with the bag and didn’t want me to keep it because people might think that we were drinkers. Between that and a cigar box my dad gave me, clearly I was out to tarnish the family’s reputation.

A couple decades later — with little in the way of a good, wholesome reputation — my husband and I have accumulated a few of these little bags. We have been known, on occasion, to go to the Alphabet Store and purchase the purple bags. Sometimes I’ll get a green bag, since that holds the apple flavored whiskey. (I’m not usually a whiskey drinker, but the apple whiskey mixed with apple juice is amazing.) Those bags usually make their way into Little Man’s hands since they’re awesome for the hundreds of rocks, twigs, pieces of metal, chunks of cement, twist-ties, and other odd things he hoards.

One day we decided to go to Chick-Fil-A for a little lunch and playtime. They have an indoor playground, so we can usher the kids in, stack some chairs in front of the door, and then enjoy our lunches without waffle fries being thrown about. Or something like that. Anyway, Little Man asked if he could bring a toy in and was told that was fine. Just as we reached the door, my husband gasped.

The fun bag:

“Fun bag” is definitely the right term.

“You can’t bring that in here!”

My husband said and made Little Man take the fun bag back to the car since he didn’t think it was “appropriate to take in a family establishment.” Party pooper. In reality, I think we would all benefit from having a fun bag while being subjected to the play area at Chick-Fil-A, or any other place where kids are hyped up on ice cream and sweets, for that matter.

So…what would be in your fun bag?

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Author: Erika

I’m a SAHM to two kids. When I’m not doing all the typical mom things (diapers, soccer, etc.), I like writing, reading, and playing games. Clearly I live the life of a rock star.

47 thoughts on “The Fun Bag”

  1. I am not 100% familiar with those particular fun bags (my hubby calls something else fun bags – LOL) but a quick thought came to mind, is the logo on the inside? You could always turn the bag inside out?

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  2. LOL! I somehow got a cigar box in my possession when I was little and still have no idea how. I didn’t think anything of it, and I didn’t know anyone who smoked cigars. I kept a lot of odds and ends in it. Resourceful box.

    I’m reminded of this scene from Gilmore Girls … “the fun flask”

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  3. Hmm, everyone used to carry those around when I was a kid. I always wanted one. I would keep potions in it (to put a spell on the Bible thumping judgers that secretly wished they had a purple velvet bag) and a pen, perhaps some buttwipes (the flushable kind) and chapstick and gum. I think that covers everything.

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  4. Ha! I had one of those growing up. It had change, Bonnie Bell lipgloss, and two “magic stones” my dad’s New-Agey friend gave me for protection or some junk. I think I ended up trading them for some cigarettes from a neighbor kid. 😂

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  5. Oh my gosh! I totally had that bag when I was little! I collected coins and rocks and anything else I could “collect”! Totally forgot about it until now! Good memories! 🙂

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  6. Lol,my littlest was using one of the purple ones as a purse for a while until it somehow went missing….very strange.
    I’d keep candy in mine.

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      1. I’m such a disappointment, I know! 😉 I’m gonna give them another try soon, trying to get LM to read something that isn’t Percy Jackson.

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    1. LOL!

      That reminds me — for my kid’s science project this year, he wanted to test how different drinks affect teeth. One of which was wine. I don’t drink wine, but was happy to buy a cheap bottle for him to test. The kids at school totally thought he got to drink wine haha

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  7. I love the idea of a fun bag! it sounds so appealing! i had to lol at little man trying to bring his into the restaurant though, i was imagining him with his asorted metal and twigs and stuff lol. xxo

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  8. HAHA Fun Bags! ‘Round here that means boobies. I don’t see the issue with taking a bag into Chic-Fil-A. Had there been in a bottle in the fun bag, that would be questionable. We use PB jars and shoe boxes for collections. Rocks, beach glass, some random piece of plastic found at the park…

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  9. Awesome!!!!! My mom gives my girls random drawstring bags, but none as cool as this; she’s a GreyGoose girl, haha. My sister and I used to take a drawstring bag downstairs when we smelled popcorn that my mom made after we “went to bed.” We’d tiptoe down the stairs, holding it open and chanting, “Alms for the poor! Alms for the poor!”

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    1. Hahahaha! Two things you can’t get past kids: the smell of popcorn and the sound of cellophane being crinkled. Little Man has come in half asleep before for popcorn.

      And thanks for reminding me that Grey Goose needs to go on my shopping list 😀

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