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Topic: Luggage (08/15/05)
TITLE: The Burden
By Paul Potenza
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I wonder how we came up with matching luggage. In fact, I wonder where we came up with the term ”luggage”. Best I can figure,it comes from the term “lug”, which, as far as I can ascertain, means two things. (A). Haul around, or (B). A big palooka (i.e. “I love you, ya big lug”). I’m not even going to address (B) because it’s just too darn funny to think about.
So we'll go with (A). Certainly this one makes sense but why would you add the “gage” to the end. Does it sound more continental? “Honey, make sure to tip the bell hop for getting our lug to the room.” O.K. luggage does have a little more “savoir-faire” (literally “French Sound”) to it.
But matching luggage? Isn’t that kind of gauche? I know of people (and here I am in NO way implicating any of my brothers) who think that the perfect set of matching luggage is using only Hefty Brand plastic bags to move their belongings. In fact, these people are kind of Hefty snobs. If I choose to move my belongings in the economical Food Lion brand of garbage (I mean luggage) bags they get their high falootin noses in the air and distance themselves as far away from pedestrian slime like me as they can.
Luggage comes in a lot of forms. Some of it is material and some of it is spiritual and personal. No matter which kind it is, we still carry it around. Some we carry with special wrapping around it. Some we carry in garbage bags. It’s all still luggage.
I have gotten to the point where I can lay my luggage down. You see, luggage is a burden. It’s a hindrance that merely slows you down. When I was in sales we used to have a saying. “Leave your luggage at the door”. Do you remember that old song “Kneel at the Cross”? One line says...”Kneel at the cross, leave your burdens there, He intercedes for you.”
Burdens - Garbage - Luggage - whatever you want to call it, Matching or Not So Matching. He takes it all.
Are you still carrying around luggage that you ought to leave at the cross?
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