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by allisonkujiraoka

Charlotte said

pack your bags.

Put in everything you think you’ll need.

Then remove half.

Peruse the contents objectively.

Can you alone carry all that you see?

Ten shirts?  Try six.

Forget that stash of chocolate chips.

And no one needs that many gifts.

You’ll thank me later

when you arrive lighter

than you planned.

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