Tuesday, May 27, 2008

To Unpack.

More than anything, I love to pack. There is such a thrill in getting the opportunity to chose which of your lucky things get to escort you on whatever trip you are about to embark on. And even more, the CHALLENGE of fitting it all into your suitcase perfectly, so everything has it's own place, fits securely, and comes together in the end like the most complicated puzzle ever completed.

Of course, that only happens once. Just because you did it in the first place, doesn't mean those exact same items will go in the exact same way that you brought them. Usually, once I arrive at my destination I tend to need things that are at the bottom of the suitcase, and I will carelessly tear apart the puzzle in my urgency and forget about how pretty it was.

At the close of the trip I try to recreate my masterpiece, and THEN SOME, because lo, there are NEW items to join the group and they need a place too. I'll try to fit it all into the case the way it was before but sometimes PANIC settles in and unnecessary force thrusts all my belongings into my suitcase and some things aren't folded or rolled, and clothing becomes the wrapping for delicate purchases and in some cases things are left behind.

Then I get home. And on average, the suitcase will sit opened in my room for a week. It sits there like mangled roadkill, as I only take from it what I may need that day; a shirt, some socks. It lies there rumpled an unattended. I can't do it all at once. I don't know why, it seems like such a large effort that I am not willing to give.

Those of you who came to the cabin last weekend, my bag is still at the foot of my bed, half unpacked. And I don't want to even look at it. Someone help me...I have an uncompulsive unpacking disorder.


Kelly Durham said...

Packing is definitely the fun part. Unpacking means your trip is over and you have to do laundry. I don't think you're alone in your "unpacking disorder" :)

Laura Lee said...

Maybe the publicist you're going to get can double as an "unpacker".

HollyRenee said...

you're crazy woman! i hate packing with a passion! it's all about the unpacking of newfound treasures!!!

Kate said...

Dude, I just barely unpacked my suitcase from MS. Last night mind you! Pathetic. It's been sitting in my closet, untouched for almost 3 weeks. Yes, yes it was. Anyways. Like Kelly says, you are not alone. We must have not inherited a good unpacking trait from Grandma. Guaranteed her things were washed and away within minutes of being home :)

Liz said...

I am totally with you on the love of packing. Ok, so we are going to London for the fall and I am already planning what suit cases everyone will use and how many more we need to purchase and what should go in them. This is what I think about when I try to fall asleep at night. Oh, and the grandma thing, so since she came to visit us lots in Colorado, she always would bring a small carpet bag and only two or three outfits, not a big packer I guess.