Another Word

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.

About NJ

I love to write! I realized in 9th grade that I really enjoyed writing. Every two weeks we had assigned topics that we were to use to write an essay. I liked writing the essays. I'm a mom and a grandma. None of my family live nearby, but they visit when they are able to come. I've been a pastor's wife and a grade school teacher. Now I'm retired and enjoying visiting others, and indulging myself in my hobbies, --writing and art activities. I'm very thankful for the blessings in life.
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2 Responses to Another Word

  1. Sally says:

    I had completely forgotten, Nancy, that I rec’d a “valise” also for my high school graduation. I love this post. 🙂

  2. NJ says:

    Sally, was it a Sampsonite train case? It certainly held up well.

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