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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Luggage (08/15/05)

TITLE: The Luggage Bag


As I picked up the old luggage bag, I fell into a brief moment of longing. Longing for days gone by; for what was, what could have been, and what should have been.

Over the last few years since my hubby died, I became a bit of a loner. Traveling from here to there; never really making a home for myself; not allowing roots to grow. But today, I knew I would be traveling for the last time.

The place I will be settling into will be my new home, and my last home. My luggage bag holds all my memories of days gone by, and without those memories for reminiscing, my last trip would be ever-so-lonely.

I recall the day my husband said, "Honey, you're the best wife I've ever had!" And I chuckle when I recall reminding him that I was the only wife he's ever had. And the day we drove that old truck down the lane we nearly ran into a doe with two of her little one's trailing behind her. What beautiful creatures God made! I'm so glad we didn't hit them.

As I sit here thinking of those wonderful memories, I can't help but wish I had taken the time to write them down for my family to cherish for all of their days.

You see, this old luggage bag of memories is all I have. When I take this last trip to my new home I won't be coming back again. The reason you ask? My new destination is heaven. What a trip that will be!

When I enter those pearly gates, I will no longer need my old luggage bag to remind me of all the wonderful memories I've gathered and stored there through the years. I won't need to recall my dear old hubby's funny comments, for you see, he will be there to remind me himself of what he said.

Well, it is now time for me to leave. I'm grateful for this old luggage bag, it's contents have given me plenty of laughs, smiles, and tears over time but I now leave the luggage with you.

Take it and use it to store your treasured memories of days gone by, and never lock the luggage bag. When you get older you forget those combination codes, and your fingers can't hang onto the key to lock and unlock it.

But the main reason you don't want to lock it is because many people in your life will want to hear of those memories, and it's easier to get to them if you don't lock the luggage bag.

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Nina Phillips08/22/05
Lovely story--how wonderful, and prescious. Great entry.
God bless ya, littlelight
M'Kayla Kelly08/24/05
How emotional. I don't know which one of them to feel first. Believers have that hope that others do not. How sad for them! Great entry!
Shari Armstrong 08/24/05
Nicely written -and good reminder how important it is that we share our memories with others before it's too late.
Julianne Jones08/24/05
What a creative take on the topic! Struck a chord with me. My grandmother had a desire to see my grandfather's early life written down - but both of them died without pasing on their memories. Thanks for sharing.
Paul Potenza08/26/05
Thank you SO much for your article. I am 50 years old and my Momma has expressed a desire that someone write down the memories that she has before it's "too late". On Tuesday of next week she will have been married to Poppy for 59 years. My brother (one year younger than I) have hatched a plan to do just that for her. She won't have her luggage locked if we have anything to do with it. Thank you one more time for expressing yourself beautifully!

Shelley Snyder08/28/05
I think it is important that we leave some sort of written "history" behind for future generations...be it memories or scrapbooks with articles and such of things we find important, etc. Good job on using that point in your piece. Keep up the good work!