I learned several valuable lessons over the Thanksgiving holiday.
First, never underestimate holiday traffic when you have to get to the airport. I did, and I also learned that if you arrive 30 minutes before your flight, you may make the flight, but your luggage will not be going with you ... ever. Remember how they used to send it on the next plane. They don't do that anymore.
The simple needle and thread
are travel must-haves.
Thus, suddenly unencumbered, I made my way through security and onto the plane. I have to admit that there is a real feeling of freedom that comes with
having nothing. But then you start to think of something you might wear or do, and you realize, "I can't do that."
So I found myself in a discount store at my destination (thankfully open late for holiday hours), choosing a clearance rack wardrobe that would get me through two holiday dinners, a baby shower, and countless hours spent lounging with family.
Thank goodness I know how to use a needle and thread. I found a couple of pair of black pants that were excellently priced and just a bit too long, and I had the unexpected opportunity to exercise my hand-sewing skills.
I was staying with my mother, who fortunately has a well-stocked sewing room, and so I very comfortably hemmed the pants, which took me with élan through several occasions.
But that was the final holiday lesson. What if I hadn't been staying with a sewing hostess? I definitely should have been carrying that needle and thread in my purse.
Sometimes no matter how much you try to control for disaster, it finds you. Even the most well planned ride to the airport can meet with obstruction. But I can always have a needle and thread handy in my bag, in case my bags and I are parted again.
Just don't ask me if that needle will make it through the eye of airport security. That I can't tell you.
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