Monday, September 26th 2011
Packing: A Cathartic Retrospective

We’re going to Disney. A first, for us.

Caden-7yr, who appears to be suddenly more interested in girls than ever before, is sure that there will be mermaids at Disney and this is something to look forward to. I’m remaining silent on the topic. Of mermaids. On the subject of girls, though, there is no such luxury and I’ve found it necessary to go hiss in his ear, “get your hands OFF her.”

“Her” being an adorable classmate of his who also has missing front teeth. I don’t mind if he talks to her forever or follows her around like a puppy or shows off for her (all of which he does every Saturday) — but I DO mind if he touches her.

Actually, I don’t want him touching mermaids, either. He better not even be THINKING of touching mermaids.  (I’m a little grumpy. Can you tell? It’s a long story.)

Ethan-11yr wants to see something described as a “commercial for General Motors.” Um….fun.

Seth-5yr is interested in nachos. At Disney. Or anywhere. The child loves nachos.

Mike wants to go to a certain restaurant, I want to see plants, and my mom has a few fun things on her list as well.

None of the boys believe in Mickey Mouse ears. At all. Like, don’t even think about dorking us out like that, Mom. But I’m thinking it’s kinda my maternal right. 

I have a list of things to do that I most certainly have NOT done. I need to run 7 miles tonight. (No problem, should help the nasty mood). The real kicker is packing. The oh so predictable big one on that list because wow do I hate me some packing.  HaaaAAAaaate.

I once went to visit my mother in Australia and just dumped my dresser drawers into a suitcase without any editing whatsoever.

Also, once I went to Australia and (for reasons including limited international product availability issues) had a giant suitcase full of Always. Like, I don’t know. Thousands of maxi pads? I was importing them to my female relatives who lived there. Not that I wanted to. It just did NOT occur to me to say NO WAY AM I DOING THIS, I HAVE SOCIAL ANXIETY ISSUES THAT PREVENT IT, GET ANOTHER PAD SMUGGLER. I was kinda a nice kid, even when I wasn’t.

It was really awkward in Customs when my bag was searched and I was all 15 and and jet laggy and stupid and really, there just was no rational explanation that sounded right when the guy asked me pointedly if I was declaring anything.  I think I just shook my head no. Because WHAT DO YOU SAY? THERE’S NOT COCAINE INSIDE THEM, I SWEAR, OFFICER.  WE ARE JUST REALLY PICKY WOMEN IN MY FAMILY AND WE ONLY LIKE THIS KIND AND YOU DON’T SELL THEM HERE?! AND WHY NOT? WINGS MATTER!  And then I burst into tears. He left me alone there in the middle of every 15yr old girl’s worst nightmare, with a large stainless steel table of suitcase items and seven thousand Always pads (with wings) that needed to be re-packed.*

Oooh, i hate packing.

*UNBELIEVABLE. It took more than 20 yrs, but that story is FINALLY funny to me. I think I just healed a little.

~hm

9 Comments on “Packing: A Cathartic Retrospective”

1
LaLa
September 26th, 2011
5:10 pm

I love that you just healed a little.

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Melissa
September 26th, 2011
6:21 pm

Funny! My son watched The Little Mermaid about a jazillion times when he was four. The blurted out one day that he liked my “shells”. Me, I walked right into it. I asked “What shells?”, to which he proceeded to place his hands in “bra” position and said, “You know, shells.”

Oh. Those shells. ehem

As far as the maxi pads, I’ve never flown before (yes, it’s true), but I think I would instinctively not pack a suitcase full of pads. Lol! I did get a visual on that one.
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Geekwif
September 27th, 2011
6:20 am

I’ve never been to Disney, but the nachos and the plants sound like the biggest attractions to me. Of course, I can get nachos here, but plants are about to get pretty scarce with the cold weather coming.

And don’t even get me started on airport security. At the very least they should have women searching women’s bags just like only women can pat down a woman. And I’m going to stop right there, because this subject can totally get me started on a rant of epic proportions.

I hope you and your family have a wonderful vacation!
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Jan
September 27th, 2011
8:49 am

Use my plastic bag trick for packing. Lay out an outfit, complete with socks and underwear, and put in a large zip bag. When the clothes are put on, put the dirty set in the bag and reseal, so the dirty stuff doesn’t make the clean stuff smell. when you get home, everything is already sorted into dirty or clean (if you have any clean stuff left) ready for the laundry. Be sure to take at least one extra outfit, in case of accidents. Makes it so easy for husbands and children that they won’t have to rummage around amongst your stuff!
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Mother T
September 27th, 2011
9:27 am

I like Jan’s idea. I usually made a list of everything that was going in the suitcase, and then checked it off as it was packed. Then I put the list in so that I could make sure everything came back home that was supposed to.

I love the story about the pads. I have a friend that lives in another part of the country that asks me to bring her stuff whenever I make a visit.

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Michele
September 28th, 2011
1:08 pm

Well, my head is just still whirling from how seamlessly you transitioned from mermaids to Maxi Pads in that post. And mermaids could never even use Maxi Pads, so that was pretty smooth. It just occurred to me to wonder if 10 years from now, your sons will be reading all these posts…or maybe 20 years when they have their own wives and kids. Wouldn’t that be weird?
I hope you have a great time at Disney World!!! My sister just went and said that there just wasn’t enough time for everything, but it was amazing.
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kelli
September 30th, 2011
10:31 am

I hate customs. I got frisked in England when I was 15 and clueless.

I haven’t read your blog in awhile, but I really came over to say that I just re-read A Love For Larkspur for the third time and I still love it. :) A lot of books get read once and passed on, but I’ve kept it.
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Jackie
October 1st, 2011
1:45 pm

That’s more or less like a formality, we go and shop but the authorities need to verify that. That’ their duty, like it or hate it. No getting away from it.
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Jennifer Sullivan
October 7th, 2011
7:26 pm

I’m assuming DisneyWorld is closest to you and that’s where you are heading. I’ve only been to Disneyland and as much as I don’t like chaos I LOVE Disneyland. Disneyworld is supposed to be a lot bigger and better and I am jealous and I hope there are mermaids.

A suitcase full of pads is only funny WAY after the fact when things like being a teenager and customs are involved. But that made me laugh like crazy!
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