There once were three Borse (Italian word for bags) that lived in a long skinny house. They were very excited to be going to Italy! Papa Borsa was big, blue and handsome with lots of pockets. His favorite feature was a big pouch for an extra pair of shoes right on his front that was easily accessible. He could carry a newspaper, an umbrella or sometimes a yoga mat for mama in another side pouch. He also had a heart sleeve, a place he held dear, that carried mama’s lipstick and chapstick and anything small that would make mama look good at all times.
That’s why mama fell in love with him at first sight. He knew he was the brains of the family and carried the computer so he was always ready to compute. He was so thoughtful, with a plastic sturdy bottom on the outside, so he wouldn’t bring dirt into the skinny house. He came from Lug and had lots of brothers and sisters in bright cheerful colors.
Mama Borsa was an organizer, she wasn’t too big or too small, but just right. She had lots of pockets and zips and came with several straps so was very adjustable to all kinds of situations. Since she was in charge of the purse strings she had a small change purse for credit cards, money and identity cards that clipped to her innards and could never be dropped or left on tables to be lost. She came from the family of Baggallini’s. They were a family of zippy deep pockets and closures, known for their endurance and strength. She was called Odessy by her family, but just mama at home.
Papa and Mama Borsa, had many children, but they decided for the trip to Italy this year it was Veggie Borsa who should go. He was adopted from the check out aisle at the market and was the baby and liked to carry lots of things with him all the time and was very stretchy. Mama had to keep an eye on him when shopping if he left her side. He would be found with all kinds of gifts and goodies and since he was so flexible he would stretch and stretch until he filled up. Mama and Papa were always surprised that he could carry so much and still not be too heavy to carry home. Papa Borsa was so proud of him! Especially when they went to market. With Baby Veggie Borsa along you didn’t need to pay for Papersacks Borsa to carry the groceries home. Baby Borsa was glad to help and never dropped or broke one thing! Even wet he never let the family down. He was a real bagger! After a big day when he was ready for his nap he would fold up so tiny and could be tucked in almost anywhere! And they all slept.
The Borse looked forward to the big plane ride to Italy. There was a big overhead bin where they all could cuddle. Papa hoped he would meet a briefcase to discuss the world in general. Mama hoped to delve into all the fashion and food of Italy with her new bag friends. And Baby Veggie thought he might be the only one along for the ride.