After traveling by plane for nearly 60 years, air travel is not as enjoyable as before. Seats, food, comfort, and security procedures have all changed. But perhaps the greatest casualty may be our luggage! After each new rip, missing wheel, broken zipper or damaged handle to my luggage, however, I comfort myself thinking of the saga of a couple traveling with me on my first trip to Israel. It puts things into perspective as their true story unfolds:
Episode 1. We were beginning to gather our group for the van ride to the Twin Cities airport in Minnesota for a flight to Tel Aviv. Arriving at this first couple’s home, we found them frantically repacking their luggage in different suitcases. They had packed their original bags the night before but had now misplaced the keys. So they hurried over to their son’s home, borrowed his new luggage set, broke the locks off their own bags, and repacked as we waited.
Episode 2. Arriving in Tel Aviv, all our luggage was waiting beside the bus to be put in the underneath storage. But with so many bags, the porters began throwing some luggage on the roof, damaging the borrowed luggage of our friends, much to their dismay!
Episode 3. Problem solved. Near the end of the time in Israel, bought two beautiful new hand sewn leather suitcases in Jerusalem, repacked, and left their son’s two ripped bags with the maids in the hotel. The maids were delighted with this gift!
Episode 4. Our friends had arranged to stay in Europe while the rest of us returned to the States. But arriving in Rome, their brand new leather luggage, packed to capacity, had split open at the hand sewn seams and their clothing spilled out on the baggage carousel.
Episode 5. What to do? In Rome, they immediately purchased new American made Samsonite suitcases with built in combination locks. No more keys to lose on this trip! Arriving in Paris a few days later, they discovered in their hotel room that the combination locks would not open. So they called a maintenance man to break open the locks so they could have clean clothes. Of course, the damaged locks ruined the suitcases’ security for the trip home to Minnesota. So before leaving Paris, they gave their Rome purchased Samsonites to the maintenance man, after repacking in their newly purchased fifth set of luggage.
Episode 6. Upon arriving home, they unpacked and took their new Parisian luggage to their son, who said “These are not my bags. Where did you get them?” “Well”, they replied. “It‘s a long story…..”
Moral of the story? It can be very risky borrowing someone’s luggage! 🙂
Dr. Larry Selig 6/5/17