#880 Getting piggy-backed anywhere

Walk this way

This ancient and mystical mode of transportation deserves big ups for big reasons. Piggy-backing makes you happy in so many ways:

1. Give yourself a break. Piggy-backing about town is a relaxing way to get around. You just focus on holding on and not strangling the piggy-backer and you’re golden. It’s quite relaxing, really.

2. See the world. Piggy-backing is all about extra visibility and fresh perspectives. Sitting up high piggy-style is good for the back row of a crowded concert or for a kid trying to get a better view of the fireworks show. Yes, piggy-backing shoots you up where the air is thin, the world is small, and the bald spots swim around you like shiny coins at the bottom of a water fountain. The world is new again.

3. You’ve been shot by Cupid. Yes, according to ads for online dating, jeans, or wedding rings, there aren’t many things that scream true love more than piggy-back rides. Makes sense, too. Giving someone a piggy-back is a tough slog and not the kind of transportation perk you’d casually offer to a first date or office coworker. Therefore, if you’re piggy-backing, you’re in love.

4. You just got married in South Korea. Believe it, because according to our egghead pals at Wikipedia, after a South Korean wedding the groom often gives a piggy-back ride to his mother and then his bride, symbolizing his acceptance of his obligations to both. This tradition was possibly invented by banquet halls tired of sweeping up rice and confetti at two in the morning. But either way, congrats on just getting married in South Korea.

So let’s get down with the carry-around.

Jumping on someone’s back and being lugged around town is a sweet deal. If you’re lucky enough to score a piggy-lift somewhere, I say wear a big smile, try and return the favor the next time, and most of all, don’t forget to thank your little piggy.


Thank them don't strangle them

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19 thoughts on “#880 Getting piggy-backed anywhere

  1. A piggyback can make an uneventful trip to the next room an exciting, thrilling, fun-filled adventure.

    Whos the tallest in the room now?!?!?!

  2. Broke my foot at a Toronto conference and my BOSS piggybacked me from the airport. It brought back fun childhood memories!!

  3. The only possible way I can get a piggy-back is if one of my friends or just messing around. I may be the smallest, not by height, in my group of friends, but we are all guys and no one wants to give us one.

  4. Haha, me and my friends give each other piggy backs all the time when were mucking around. altho im usually the one that gives them coz im too heavy for my friends haha…
    And the other day i piggy-backed my Beloved Short Friend up the steps to the top basketball courts for PE… t’was AWESOME!

  5. Have your cake and eat it kind of a dillema. What should today’s grooms do? Have a expensive reception or save for a house? I would take the second without a doubt

  6. im 18 and everyone gives my piggybacks.
    mostly coz im small. all i have to do is turn to the biggest guy guy and say “i need to go to …… I WANT A PIGGY BACK! and they do. ” i have never walked to a college class yet.

    i am offically known around college as ” the one who doesn’t walk”
    i seem realy light to then coz i wrap my legs round their waist and lock my feet together putting all my weight on their hips rather than arms or shoulders.

  7. Hey-my family’s from South Korea. o_o Never heard of that tradition, but it seems a bit funny.

    Ah, the piggyback races I have at school…always grab my friend N. because she’s the lightest.

  8. Yes! These are so awesome! When I was 13 or so I went to this camp and on the hike my counselor randomly decided to give me a piggy back ride for a few minutes and it certainly was awesome. And the thing about true love is kinda true cuz I remember my boyfriend giving me a piggy back ride once when we were walking outside. People passing by in cars probably stares but we didn’t care

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