There are few things in this world that I abjectly and unequivocally hate, and two of those things involve suitcases: packing and unpacking.
Ironic, considering the fact that I use the packing metaphor on a weekly basis on the Finding Our Hunger podcast, I know. However, when it comes to real-world suitcases—or duffel bags or boxes—I recoil.
The problem with packing is that sometimes you’re not ready to confront “the stuff” you’ve got in your bags and make the decision to remove it. Sometimes, it serves you to keep the ball gown in your suitcase for a little while longer—because you’re not quite ready to air it out, confront the memories it represents, and maybe even throw it away.