Rose is already packed, even though we now won’t be leaving for San Pedro, Belize, until Feb. 12. Her allotted two suitcases are by the front door. She has also packed two different winter bags to be left with various friends for our brief return to the states around Christmas time. And she has a bag of stuff to wear between now and Feb. 12.
I’m a bit behind, to put it politely. What I have is various piles – clothes to donate, clothes for Belize, clothes for next winter, clothes that I don’t know what to do with.
The most coherent pile of clothes is the one for Belize. This is what I have so far and, honestly, I’m not sure it will all fit in my self-allotted one military-surplus dufflebag.
When I said I won’t be bringing a second bag, Rose said she would add it to her luggage set and fill it with shoes. Too late I remembered the words I heard as a child from my life mentor: “Never criticize the number of pairs of shoes a woman wishes to bring to a foreign posting. Never. Not ever. Not even in jest or sarcasm.”
I’ll let you know how that one works out.
I think we are at the point in our transition to Belize where such things as jest, humor, sarcasm, teasing and just kidding are viewed as unproductive … or worse.
The lesson here is: If something strikes you as funny while your wife is trying to winnow down a lifetime of lovely possessions to two suitcases – just shut the (bleep) up and be unflinchingly supportive.
Your partner is looking for a rock, not a stand-up comic.
Maybe in 10 years jokes about too many shoes will be funny – probably not, but maybe – just not now.
Let me know what you think about my own packing job: Too much for a first year in Belize. Not enough? What’s missing? What will never get worn — ever? What will I run out of and wish I’d packed some more?
- 2 Hawaiian print silk shirts
- 4 polo shirts, various colors
- 1 long-sleeve polo shirt
- 1 blue plaid short-sleeve shirt
- 2 Rugby jerseys
- 4 button-down long-sleeve shirts: 2 pin-stripe, 1 powder blue, 1 plaid
- 1 denim long-sleeve shirt
- 9 t-shirts various colors/prints
- 3 sleeveless t-shirts
- 1 Philip Rivers San Diego Chargers football jersey
- 3 swim suits
- 2 pair khaki pants
- 3 pair cotton shorts
- 2 pair blue jeans
- 1 lightweight blue sports coat
- 2 light sweaters
- 2 pair nylon running shorts
- 3 nylon running shirts
- 8 pair underwear
- 3 pair dress socks
- 3 pair white socks
- 2 pair running shoes
- TextVisual1 pair casual loafers
- 1 pair hiking boots
- 1 pair river shoes
- 1 pair sandals
- 4 ballcaps
- 1 rain poncho
- 3 belts
- 1 pair sunglasses
Of course there are obvious things like toiletries, flashlight, binoculars, mini-tool kit, sewing kit, Kindle, laptop, cellphone, camera, battery charger, bug repellent …
I do know his for certain: For the first time in my life I am expecting to use an airport cart to transport everything from the curb.