This is just a ridiculous bit of musing I did the other day when I was wandering down the beach, lugging half my weight in rocks in a bright pink Victoria’s Secret bag. I’m tempted to justify my behavior by explaining what I was doing, but I’ll just leave you with that bizarre visual.
Anyhow, I was immensely grateful for my pink canvas bag at the time, because the rocks were heavy, and I started thinking about what a genius invention the bag is. We hear all the time about fire and the wheel. Sure those are great inventions, but the bag probably came before both.
Imagine the awe of the person who first decided to take an animal skin, gather the ends and use it to lug nuts or berries or sticks or babies or whatever needed to be carried. Suddenly she was no longer limited by what they could carry her hands. The sky was the limit! As long as she could lift it, she could carry it! I say “she” because if females were indeed the gatherers, they had a more immediate need for bags and containers.
No, it’s not nearly as sexy as discovering fire, but it must have been a pretty glorious ah-ha moment.
Update: My husband just pointed out that Native Americans seemed to prefer baskets over bags. And, actually, now that I think about it, baskets were used in many cultures. So maybe the basket came first and the bag wasn’t such a big deal. Anyone have any thoughts on this? If so, leave ’em in the comments.