What’s in the suitcase this time?

LogoI didn’t actually think that there was going to be a Fashion Friday post this week. Life threw us an unexpected curve a few days ago when we learned that my very frail 96-year-old father had taken a turn for the worse. He isn’t expected to live and we’re once again on our way to Vancouver.

There were a lot of details that we had to take care of at home in order to clear our calendars and get on our way. Very little thought or planning went into what’s in our suitcase. Thankfully, we travel a lot and packing has become second nature to me. When I looked at the clothes laying on the bed in our guest room, which doubles as my packing room, I realized that I’d automatically chosen mostly neutrals and that everything coordinated so that I could put together many outfits with just a few items. The latter is a very important key to packing well.

We spent many hours on the road yesterday and at one point I found myself thinking about what was in the suitcase. I came to the realization that, for the most part, I’d packed what might best be referred to as comfort clothes. Comfortable, yes, but also comforting. Clothes like my grey and white Breton t-shirt and my tan cords that feel like old friends. I may not be a shining fashionista in the things that I packed, but in these challenging days, I’ll be dressed in clothes that bring me comfort.

What about you? Do you have clothes that you instinctively reach for on days when you need comforting?

22 thoughts on “What’s in the suitcase this time?

  1. Sorry to hear about your dad. Safe travels to say good bye & encourage him at this time of his life. I liked your blog too! 🙏❤️🤗

  2. Safe travels, Elaine and Richard! I am sorry to hear about your Dad. My mom is still living at 95, but that phone call could come at any time…know that he is surrounded by God’s love as well as family…keeping you in prayer…blessings, Jan

  3. I’ve always had such great respect for your Dad. He has that quiet steady nature that you also possess. He certainly has fought the good fight. Pray that he will be at peace in these last days.

    • Thank you, Glenys! Dad passed away early this morning. We would appreciate continued prayer as we deal with everything that has to be accomplished in the next little while.

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