Out of the suitcase and into the library


At long last we have emptied the suitcases and don’t plan to fill them again for some months. However much I love the places we have traveled, I don’t love living out of a suitcase, and am quite happy at the prospect of being finally able to put everything away.

All in good time, of course. We arrived this morning on a red-eye flight from Salt Lake City, and though there was much to unpack, napping was the higher priority.

Once we woke in the early afternoon, we headed out to do some errands. You would think that an entirely empty fridge and matching empty stomachs would mean that groceries would be our highest priority. Instead, we decided to stop at the library, which made me think of this quote attributed to Desiderius Erasmus:

When I get a little money I buy books; and if any is left I buy food and clothes.

Our variation might be, “When we get home from a trip we go to the library; after that, we can head to the store.”

That doesn’t reflect an absolute priority: I don’t mean to imply that we’re so literary that we’ll waste away with book in hand. But we are definitely big fans of the library, and acknowledge that reading is right up there with food as something that holds our attention and brings us happiness.

Now that we’ve got something to read and something to eat, we can begin to contemplate the many things we have to do: process all the mail, find where we packed everything away before leaving for Spain in January, work on the kitchen faucet leak, do battle with the cobwebs that have been undisturbed for weeks.

I’m quite glad that tomorrow is Sunday, so we can wrap ourselves in the protection of the Day of Rest before we have to begin all that work in earnest. And anyway, I’ve got a new book to read.


Desiderius Erasmus, Hans Holbein the Younger

Portrait of Desiderius Erasmus of Rotterdam with Renaissance Pilaster, Hans Holbein the Younger

What sorts of things are high up on your priority list when you’re just back from a journey?

[Image: Wikipedia, Wikiquote]

4 thoughts on “Out of the suitcase and into the library

  1. I followed the same order after my last trip. Sometimes the food can wait a little while as I pick up something else filling. Although luckily for me, my local library is not too far from a grocery store.

    • We’re lucky that way, too. We could swing by one on the way to the other. If the library had been a long distance and in the other direction, things might have gone differently….

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