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

TITLE: The Burden
By Paul Potenza
08/16/05


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THE BURDEN

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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Jan Ackerson 08/22/05
Loved your first three paragraphs especially; they were written in a genuine and witty voice.
Nina Phillips08/22/05
I loved your descriptions. I thought B) would have been a good one to explain (he-he) That was really nice. God bless ya, littlelight
M'Kayla Kelly08/24/05
Very entertaining...funny too. Thanks for the giggle about the trash bag thing. I'll never haul my garbage out the same again! Blessings!
Julianne Jones08/25/05
This was cute. A funny and light-hearted beginning leading into a more thoughtful conclusion. Well done.
Shari Armstrong 08/26/05
Good lesson taught with humor :)
Marilyn Schnepp 09/25/06
Another good one! LG style. (our mutual friend, you know) I've always thought "matched" luggage MEANT plastic bags all from the same store - and of course you brought that up. Funny, funny; and I've got 3 weeks vacation from Challenge writing...and can't find anymore of your writings to keep me from being bored. What to do? What to do?