Suitcase Stories (Plus Five Senses Monday)

I have a confession. At the end of a small,  dark hallway in my dad’s house, there is a bedroom that houses boxes, bins and suitcases of my favorite memories. The room used to be my bedroom, but now it’s home to a collection of random stuff that I dream of displaying once I live somewhere with more space. Every time I visit my dad, I visit the storage room and pick a lucky item (a book or movie, old camera, T-shirt, necklace, poster)  from my past that gets to go home with me. Other non-essential item like dozens of candles, pink lawn flamingos and my pink flamingo shower curtain have to stay behind.

This weekend, I had to dig to the back and bottom box as I searched for a single piece of paper: my college degree (that I need so I can take a class at the local junior college in the spring).

With the promise of free dinner, a game of Dominos, and a glimpse into Vintage Lauren, Maggie helped me dig to the bottom. It was pretty fun showing Maggie my old-school Stevie Nicks T-shirt, posters from my old bedroom, issues of my college magazine from when I was editor and short stories from creative writing classes.

I ended up allowing myself to take home more than normal, including a ’60s flowered trunk and this suitcase I collaged with magazine cutouts in 10th grade.

In college, I was always bored with plain notebooks so I collaged my own.  Here are  few that I covered, though they’re pretty worn and torn now.I also found my favorite baby picture of me and my mom.And now it’s time for Five Senses Monday (where I reflect on the weekend through the senses).

Tasting:
Sourdough and clam chowder. First at Boudin on Friday night, but then my mom made the yummiest batch on Saturday. Seconds, please.

Hearing:
That scary, blood-pressure raising, bone-chilling music you only get with thrillers. We watched “Zodiac” and while it was good, I’m not gonna lie, I was a little freaked out.

Smelling:
Yummy Papa Murphys chicken gourmet pizza baking in the oven as we watched and waiting so hungrily.

Feeling:
Kisses from my nephew Joseph. Over and over again.

Seeing:
Dominos in the candle light. Maggie and I were going to have a movie night Friday, but half the city’s power was out so we lit candles and played Mexican train until we couldn’t focus anymore.

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One Response to Suitcase Stories (Plus Five Senses Monday)

  1. dario. l says:

    are you taking a photography class???

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