May 30, 2013
Off We Go!
Three suitcases and one carry on plus my trusted and much loved LV Neverfull GM (seriously, it can hold as much as a small carry-on, it is one of the best investments I have made in a very long time!).
For those wondering whether all three suitcases contain clothing for me and little Miss Paulina, no, only one does! But, boy, did we have fun shopping for coordinated head to toe outfits in sizes 12-18 months and 2 years (we didn’t know which would fit since she is so skinny), right down to flip flops with stars and stripes and a yellow polka dot bikini for when we will go to the pool and the nice dresses for when we will go out to dinner (thank you Uncle Paolo for all the yummy restaurant recommendations!).
The second suitcase contains Orestes’ clothing (including beautiful cotton minimal iron shirts from local purveyor Hugh and Crye -you can never have enough of them), meds (when you are allergic to pretty much everything chances are you will get sick sooner or later), gifts for our hosts (we can’t thank them enough for having taken care of Paulina during the past two years) and a few things to keep Paulina entertained.
The last suitcase contains clothing we will donate to the orphanage. While clothing is not the most important thing in anyone’s life, I do believe that it does a lot to a person’s self esteem, even that of a small child, and it is my way of sharing the joy of finally bringing Paulina home with other children who are either waiting for their forever families or will hopefully soon find a family to call their own.
As for the carry-on, it contains documents, books (Julia Reed is very entertaining), the I Pad where we have loaded all the back issues of Garden & Gun as well as concerts by old time favorites like Lynyrd Skynyrd, Allman Brothers, Led Zeppelin, JJ Cale and others…. Sixteen hours from Chicago to Hong Kong is a very long time so we will need to be entertained -especially since the food will be mediocre (we will drink lots of water and keep the food to a minimum in anticipation of the binges to come). Hong Kong and China here we come!