This morning in the Jumble puzzle in the newspaper, one of the words was VALISE. I can’t really remember when I last heard that word. It’s a strange sounding word from the past.
I thought: Suitcase! But then to make sure, I looked it up. Yes, a valise can be thought of as a suitcase, but to be precise, it is a small overnight bag with just enough room for a change of clothing and some items for good hygiene.
A memory! When I was a senior in high school, my Aunt Blanch gave me a Train Case for a graduation present. It was Samsonite, I think, and I see now that it fits the description of VALISE.
My train case never saw a train! But, I used it really often. It made trips to and from college routinely and then any time I went home for a day or longer, the train case accompanied me. There was a mirror in the lid of it, and a compartmentalized tray that fit snugly into the top of the main storage compartment. It was very efficient and practical and I still use it these days, if I ever take trips.
The mirror came loose from the lid after many years, and eventually I used the tray in my dresser drawer, but the train case itself is still very useful.
I think of Aunt Blanch fondly and I still appreciate this “valise,” my high school graduation present from her.
Opinion: I think VALISE is a funny sounding word, like it’s dressed up in fancy clothing to fulfill its practical, serviceable, maid job of accompanying a person on an overnight visit.