The Purple Suitcase
been getting ready to go for months – years, actually. I’ve been
buying odds and ends as I think of them, little 3 oz. bottles, new
underwear (as you don’t want customs officials to see your old
underwear), a sunhat, travel clock, and all the other weird gear
listed in the travel agency’s “must have” list.
I’m going to Egypt to see the
pyramids, the trip of a lifetime. I thought I was all set. I put all
my junk into plastic zip-lock bags and dragged my suitcase out of the
attic so I did not have to look for it when it was time to pack. I was
prepared – prepared I tell you, ready to go.
So, last weekend was the last
weekend before the big trip. I
was adding a few last minutes items to my collection when I realized
that my suitcase looked rather large.
I went to the Delta website to check allowable sizes - 22X14X9
for a carry-on, it said.
I had already been through the
“carry-on vs. check luggage” debate. I favored checking. Honey
favored carry-on. I
finally relented. It did seem faster and more practical since we had
to travel light anyhow.
I measured my red suitcase, 25
inches! How could that be?
I took it on the plane to California .
Did it grow? Then I
remember that we had checked luggage on that trip and ended up
scurrying all over the Los Angeles airport trying to find
I had a smaller size, 17 inches. No
way could all my plastic bags fit in that. I thought of the old
standby suitcase. The
outside pocket is torn and it looks like the baggage handlers played
volley ball with it. I
began to think “new suitcase.”
Honey has a shiny black Samsonite spinner. I hated to think of
carrying my old torn clunker.
The gift certificate for Macy’s
that I got for Christmas would come close to buying a new one if I
could find one that didn’t require robbing a bank to pay for it. The
last thing I wanted was to spend my mad money on a suitcase instead of
miniature pyramid statues and camel rides.
I might as well tell you that I
don’t like shopping malls.
Malls used to be a fine thing when I was younger and could walk
from one place to another. But
now, malls are aggravating. They
are too big. Bigger is
better when it comes to some things, but not malls. Macy’s, of
course, is in the mall.
I made the ultimate sacrifice and
went to the mall. It was my lucky day; luggage was on sale dirt cheap.
But even dirt can cost an arm and leg.
I looked at everything and found a cheap black one, but it was
naturally available in only king and queen size.
We even bribed the salesperson to check the stockroom for
This is what happens when you wait
until the last minute to buy a suitcase. If I had been a wise owl, I
would have looked for luggage months ago, not at the last minute. I
had to settle for what was available. Finally, I narrowed it down to
two choices that were the right size, the right price, and, most
importantly, in stock. I
didn’t have time to go chasing around all over the city looking for
The trouble was that the choices
available were purple and magenta. I eventually decided to buy the purple one since the magenta
one was even more ugly. What does it matter what color it is? At least
I could tell my suitcase from all the other suitcases at the airport. Purple
should practically glow in the dark.
And that’s the story of how I came
to have a purple suitcase.
I’m actually beginning to like it.
Purple grows on you after a while. I never thought I’d see the day
when I would not only travel with a purple suitcase, but travel with a
purple suitcase and like it.