It is early, dark thirty, and I am.showered and dripping wet in anticipation on my latest cruise to the Caribbean. My bag is overweight as my bathing suits are larger and heavier than the thongs and bikinis of my younger years. I check and double check: passport, phone charger and of course a little cash for tips.
The fog on the soaked windshield is opague like a thick grayed cream. Through the blinking red lights and empty lanes I go.
At the airport it is confirmed- my bag is way too heavy. Ugh!. ” Empty ten pounds,”” the smiling Southwest lady says. Her co-worker confirms by trying to lift the bag from the scales. ” Seventy five.dollars or you buy a wonderful brand new Southwest bag. She looks at the other lady to confirm. ” Overweight.”
I take the heavy purple bag and unzip it right there in the floor. I remove rolled clothes, several.pairs of sandals and my deck of cards. Men behind me grunt. I pretend not to be frustrated. It is evident by my strewn contents of my purse in another pile I am.
I stand erect and like throwing a bale of hay the bags land on the cold metal scale.
” Perfect,” they agree. The men standing in line
I smile like a half baked bagle.
” No charge for the bag or any fees. Have a good time! ”
I am off to security . Looking down at my feet I notice the hole.in my sock. This is going to be an adventure . I think this one is number 659.