Blogging from A - Z about clothes
|Please don't leave without me by Shannon (CC BY-SA 2.0)|
I often think about when you came to visit me last April. Do you remember what a great time we had? I was so worried we wouldn’t have much to say to each other, but we talked and talked. Can you believe that was a whole year ago? Now it’s my turn to travel. Only another day or so and I‘ll see you again!
I’m packing my suitcase. At least I’m trying to pack it. I can’t seem to get the zipper zipped up. The two halves of my suitcase just won’t meet. Too many clothes? Too many clothes for the suitcase, but maybe not for the trip. All right, I admit it. I find it hard to travel light. Perhaps I do have a few too many clothes. But what shall I toss out? I’d better look again at your last letter:
Bring clothes for all seasons. It can get very hot in the day. It might get cold overnight. And this time of year it could be wet. Then again, it might be dry. And you’ll need some glamorous clothes. We plan on taking you out somewhere special! But don’t forget to bring plenty of ordinary clothes as well….
Well, that’s not much help.
I'm pulling everything out of my suitcase and spreading it across the bed so I can see exactly what I have. Underwear… that’s essential, and so are my pyjamas… summer or winter ones? And will I need slippers? How about a dressing gown?
“Nora! Come back with my slipper!”
You should see our new dog, Nora. She’s a Highland Black. She’s 6 months old and has this huge sniffy nose. Oh my! That nose is into everything. It vacuums up every available smell. It especially likes sniffing out cats.
Our poor cats! I bet they wish they could stow away in my suitcase and come visit you, instead of staying here with that over-active dog. Better still, I bet they wish Nora would stow away. They wouldn’t want her to come back. Do you want a dog? Just kidding! I bet Nora improves with time and some training. She is rather adorable.
I have retrieved the slipper. It’s a bit soggy. Perhaps I don’t need slippers. But I do need my running shoes, my hot pink and black ones. I was wondering whether a hot pink collar would look good with Nora’s black coat. Well, it does. Did you see my photos of the dog on Facebook? I’ll pop a few into my suitcase to show you when I arrive.
When I arrive? Only a few hours until I leave! I’d better finish my packing. My son Callum’s going to drive me up to the airport in Sydney. Do you remember how he picked you up from there last year? You had a ride in his old ute. And survived! Well, I won’t be travelling in the ute. You see, it’s in pieces. It has no engine. It’s missing a lot of other parts too. Callum will be driving his low-to-the-road Commodore station wagon with the growling engine instead.
Okay, I’ve made some decisions: a few denim skirts, a couple of 'Sunday' outfits, a stack of T shirts, a hoodie and a couple of cardigans, a light jacket, some undies, pyjamas, track pants, shorts, running shoes, flat shoes, boots, some toiletries and my hairdryer. I can’t go anywhere without my hairdryer. What do you think? Will those clothes do? Swimmers? Oh I forgot the glamorous outfit. Actually I don’t have one. I know: We can go shopping when I arrive. Do you like shopping? I don't, but it might be fun if I'm shopping with you. You can help me choose a new dress.
My suitcase is closed. I just need to pack my hand luggage. I have my passport and my airplane ticket. I’d better find my Kindle and my iPod. Oh I will need my good camera as well. I’m going to take thousands of photos. I am so excited!
Not long and I will be with you. I’ll see you on the other side of the barrier. You’ll smile and so will I. I’ll rush forward. We’ll open our arms and we will hug. Oh it will feel so good! And then we’re going to talk and talk and talk…
I’ll see you the day after tomorrow…I can't wait.