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  • My dad taught me how to pack.

  • Lay out everything.

  • Put back half.

  • Roll things that roll.

  • Wrinkle-prone things on top of cotton things.

  • Then pants, waist-to-hem.

  • Nooks and crannies for socks.

  • Belts around the sides like snakes.

  • Plastic over that.

  • Then, add shoes.

  • Wear heavy stuff.

  • We started when I was little.

  • I'd roll up socks.

  • Then he'd put me in the suitcase.

  • Some guys bond with their dads shooting hoops or talking about Chevrolets.

  • We did it over luggage.

  • By the time I was twelve, if my Dad was busy, I'd pack for him.

  • Mom tried but didn't have the knack.

  • He'd get somewhere for work, open his suitcase and text me —"Perfect."

  • That one word from him meant a lot.

  • The funeral was terriblemy Dad laid out in that big carton and me thinking...

  • Look at all that wasted space.

My dad taught me how to pack.

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