a new carry-on

by Kay

This is my new carry-on, my retirement gift to myself. Katie and I leave for India in a couple weeks. This 20-inch Samsonite and my tote will be all I take. This suitcase is light. It weighs less than a gallon of milk.

I’ve been reading quite a bit about India: about the tourist spots, of course, and also about the religion and history and economics. Here’s a fact that I’ve found heart-wrenching: my new suitcase cost more than the average Indian makes in an entire year.