For the big North Carolina trip, I took Blitzen to the store to purchase a suitcase. We went to a discount type place so I told her that she could pick out whichever one she wanted as long as it was carry-on size. We looked at several models and she settled on a purple and pink number with Jessica Simpson’s name scrawled all over it. Probably would not have been my first choice but hey, I am not the one that needs to pull it around the airport.
She was very excited about the suitcase. She took it home and immediately turned it into a baby doll transporting vehicle. Loaded up her dolls, strapped them in and took them on a walk to the park.
The next day (a full week before the trip) she was ready to pack. She has plenty of clothing, so we just let her pack away. Told her she could take anything that fit in the case as long as she remembered to bring underwear. Once she loaded the suitcase with all of her best outfits and one baby doll, she started pulling it around the house. Wherever she went, the suitcase went. Parked it by her chair at the dinner table, right next to the tv during tv time. Rolled to a place of honor next to her bedside table at night. It really was quite adorable.
Then, Blitzen being Blitzen, she started to get a little anxious because Andrew and I were not packed yet. She talked about it constantly and to add to the angst, she knew that my suitcase was at the repair shop getting a new handle. ‘What if Andrew forgets to pick it up?’ she kept asking. ‘I think you should just go get it yourself,’ she told me on day 3. I reassured her that the suitcase would be picked up by one adult or another in plenty of time. But finally, she really couldn’t stand it any more and took matters into her own hands. My suitcase might be awol but Andrew’s was not. One day after school, she packed for Andrew. Just loaded up his suitcase with a little help from the babysitter – packed his fanciest outfits too because a weekend out of town is a big deal, gotta look sharp.
She was so proud and excited to show him when he got home. And so relieved to see that he had, in fact, remembered to pick up my suitcase. Now the whole family really could go out of town, nothing could possiby stop us when we had suitcases!