Saturday, 2 July 2011
The Magic Suitcase
I don't mind packing, but there was a time, many years ago, when all I had to do was make the plans for the vacation and on departure day all the suitcases would be packed and ready to go, magically appearing by the door for me to load into the van. Upon arriving at our destination, I would open my suitcase to find the appropriate number of outfits, neatly organized, alongside any toiletries that I could possibly need. There were even spare outfits if the weather forecast for the area was mixed (This seems brilliant to me, actually checking the weather forecast. I use the guys system of "Alaska-Cold, Mexico-Hot, Everywhere else-Warm.). I was always well equipped and properly attired on these early vacations. So what happened? I made a horrible rookie mistake, and I complained.
It was just once, but as soon as the words left my mouth I could feel the glory days of travel slipping away. In my defence, it was a five day trip to Vegas, and Lori forgot to pack me any underwear. She insists that it was accidental, but I have my suspicions. Really it was a win-win for her. Either I said something, thus releasing her from packing for me ever again, or she got to spend five days laughing at me carefully shuffling around Vegas. In hindsight I would have fit in just fine, walking around with a strange stride and adjusting myself all the time. It would have been a small price to pay for continuing to possess the magic suitcase. Alas, I was much younger and had only a few years of marriage experience, and once you choose the path travelled by all but the wisest of men, you can't go back.
So today I have to pack my own suitcase. Let's see....13 days on the road in Florida (warm), and Seattle (warm), so I need underwear (you never forget it when you're packing for yourself), socks, t-shirts, ummm....oh pants, a toothbrush, deoderant, ummmm...*sigh*...I miss the magic suitcase.
Posted by Steve at 18:56