This weekend I had to say a difficult goodbye. It was time…time to retire my beautiful, loyal, faded, worn Diane Von Furstenberg luggage.
Some might think I’m a little bit crazy for being so attached to luggage – but just look at how happy and smiling she is in the pic below. We had been to see the world together. Experienced major moments of my young adult years together. And so a proper memorial is in order.
As you can see, she fit a lot of stuff. I had packing down to a science. Long weekend? No problem. Multiple outfit options, workout clothes (+ sneakers!), laptop, cosmetics, and more. This little lady fit right into the overhead (sometimes with a little squeezing, but she always fit.) If not, Big Blue came along to get checked – and was always easy to spot on the baggage carousel amid the traditional black cases.
Here I was in Heathrow in 2007, leaving London after 5 months of study abroad during which I had accumulated a few treasures. My luggage joined me in England, Spain, Prague, France and Italy during those months where lots of memories were made.
Our next major trip was during grad school, when I studied abroad for a month in Dubai and Doha. Bringing enough long pants and long sleeves to be respectful to the local cultures was essential, and Blue didn’t disappoint. (and this will be the last time you see me with bangs… a definite fashion faux-pas so stop me if I start suggesting them again.)
When moving after graduation, she was about the only thing I could find amid a sea of boxes. This was the first night after the big move – thank goodness I had packed some work clothes for the office the next day!
Back on the road (or in the skies, rather) on a more recent trip. By this point both pieces were a bit worse for the wear after regular use over 6 years. Big Blue had a broken wheel which gave me quite a workout to drag along. And the carry-on boasted a finicky zipper that requires special attention to access your belongings.
One of our last work trips this fall, patiently waiting at the boarding gate in Boston Logan. Old Blue was a reliable footrest, among other uses.
I’m very grateful to have received beautiful new luggage for the recent holidays that have now replaced these pieces (Thanks Mom and Dad!). I’ll be taking the new stuff out for the first time this upcoming weekend in Nashville. (If you have suggestions for sights, food, and fun in Nashville please share!)
But for now, goodbye. From world travels, to weekends spent at home with family, to our honeymoon trip, I’ll miss your familiar shade of blue on the carousel. Happy Trails.