Putting the Lug in Luggage

By: Mary

When looking for a means of transporting an entire set of china that was left to Kate after the passing of my grandmother, I decided to find a new use for a sturdy cardboard box that is used to pack pie pumpkins and cabbage when shipping organic produce to Organic Valley.  Okay, I know that lugging about a produce box is not exactly the most hip (or practical) way to travel, but I formulated a plan that included getting two boxes of china, to my sister along with a few fur coats, some blackberry jam I made that is a fleeting commodity at this time of the year, a few purses, and of course a  ballgown that Kate wanted back after an extended loan back to the farm so it could be used as a prom dress.

As you may remember, Kate is quite comfortable with train travel in an heirloom fur…

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though in my opinion it makes her look a bit like a gigantic mother hen.

Because I was traveling on the train, I hoped with optimism that my plan of checking the two boxes could go off without a hitch. Well, the plan did work… but only with a LOT of lugging. The first setback was that I was told I couldn’t check the boxes because they were not fully sealed. I knew that the only way I could handle taking Kate her “stuff” was to just start consolidating as much as I could into only one box. When boarding the train, the not so hip me ended up with my luggage bag checked under the train, and a roughly 75 pound produce box bruising my hip, which was beginning to strongly resemble the blackberry jam.

Due to an early spring snowstorm from the never-ending winter I was trying to flee, my train got into Chicago several hours late. I missed my connecting train to Pittsburgh, but got in plenty of exercise lugging that heavy box through Union Station, into a cab, onto a Greyhound bus, and through the bus terminal in Pittsburgh the next morning.

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Thankfully, my farmgirl strength and a winter full of kickboxing classes had me in fine form for heaving produce- or China and ballgowns. Still, I was happy to arrive her for some much needed Porch Time with my sister.
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For more about the fur coats and recent and past travels, check out these links:

Furs on the Farm

Train Travel

The Slattery Oklahoma Suburb Rush

A Saturday Away

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4 thoughts on “Putting the Lug in Luggage

  1. vantiganloo

    Once I took a long plane ride from VT to MN with a piece of firewood that I found in our pile that looked as if there was a woman stepping out of it… it seemed important at the time (I knew a good friend would love it). You are a wonderful sister to do such things as well as to razz your beloved sister on the interwebs about looking like a chicken… MARY…
    also you look adorable sitting in the cold of PA with a glass of wine and a bouquet of garlic, wearing a 4 year old’s hat…

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    1. sweetridgesisters Post author

      Firewood on a plane is probably about as commun as a firearm on a plane. I hope you or your friend still have the chunk today. As far as the hat goes, it’s actually my 2 year old nieces, but it’s nice and strechy and keeps kids ears warm with playing outside, or an adult warm when freezing on a porch with red wine:)

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