T successfully passed his entrance exams and is preparing to leave home in a couple of weeks to attend school. He will move a couple of hours away from his family to begin his studies as a healthcare worker. To help him gather everything needed, we took a trip to a nearby town so he could get photos made for his identification card that will be his pass to the dormitory. As we were getting ready to head back to the village, I asked if there was anything else he needed to get ready to move.
"I do not have a suitcase." he said after carefully thinking through the long list of things he needs to bring.
It never occurred to me that among his limited possessions, that he would not have a single bag - a backpack or satchel or gym bag - he could use. Of course we stopped into a store and picked him up a new travel bag.
When we were having lunch, T and I spoke about how miserably I fail at taking pictures of the things we do so that other people can see for themselves. He smiled and said he understood. Perhaps then he will understand when I ask to take his "first day of school" photo in a couple of weeks.