Twas the night before Winter Camp,
And all through the house,
Not a creature was stirring,
Not even a….wait, who am I kidding? The night before Winter Camp in my house is like a twister meeting an outdoor yard sale. Swimwear and snow pants strewn across the living room floor, Walt running through the house waving two left gloves because he can’t find a matching pair, cats dashing for the bedrooms (like those are safe), and long, surprisingly engaging debate about the merits of a fluff sandwich over a fluffer-nutter. I hold the line that you can’t only have fluff in a sandwich – therefore we ended up with a bagel.
Then, right when the snow pants and swimsuits had been squashed into a backpack, the lunchboxes were made up and I’d finally convinced Grace to at least put a brush in her backpack for after the pool it comes. “Mooooooooommmmmmmm, I can’t attach my boots to my backpack!” This is a problem in my family because my children will immediately and irretrievably lose anything not physically attached to their backpacks. Lunchboxes? Lost. Water bottles? Lost. Boots last year? You betcha! So we attach everything to their backpacks. But there’s no need to fear lost boots on this trip (at least not because they weren’t attached) because of my favorite accessory in the whole wide world…the carabiner.
I love carabiners. Really, really love them. Carabiners, for those of you yet to be introduced to this most wonderful accessory, are round clippy things made of metal. A portion of one side swings in so that you can attach things to…well…other things. Technically they’re for rock climbing and they still get used by rock climbers everywhere but really they’re so, so SO much more. Quite simply the carabiner is the secret weapon of the modern world. I think that Rick Grimes could rebuild civilization after the zombie apocalypse with carabiners and duct tape. Here are just a few of the things that I have done with carabiners in the short time I’ve known them:
- Attach a plastic bag with boots in it (or anything else) to a backpack
- Carry multiple grocery bags at once without a huge mess
- Pit hairbands on it and keep it in the bathroom
- Put it in the end of a dog leash and you can use it to tie the dog if you need to for a minute. I was doing this back before I knew it was called a carabiner. I still called it a clippy thing. And LOVED it.
Today carabiners come in all sorts of colors and sizes. I even have a friend with a beautiful sterling silver bracelet that’s got a carabiner for a clasp (she’s a ropes course instructor). You can find carabiners at Home Depot, the grocery store, even Target and it’s totally worth it to pick up a few. Along with extra boots, because you all just know how this is going to end….