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I remember my first time like it was yesterday…. There I was, a lifelong Economy Class flyer onboard a Lufthansa A330 at Washington Dulles bound for Munich sitting in the front cabin. I knew they were coming but the moment was so tense with anticipation. Down the aisle the lovely flight attendant came and presented me my very first set of First Class pajamas!
The Lufthansa – Van Laack pajamas were so nice I was afraid to even use them. I ended up falling asleep wearing business casual. Fail. Even without use, I made absolutely sure to pack away and take my new possession off the plane with me. “I can’t wait to take these home and wear them every night”, I told myself.
Fast forward a year and a half and 10 First Class flights later and now I have a chunk of closet space full of First Class pajamas that, frankly, won’t see much more than their one time onboard use.
Every month I have a scheduled run to Salvation Army with the designed intent to pass on things that I do not use or do not plan to use in the future. I do not use First Class pajamas now nor do I plan to use them in the future yet for some reason I can’t conjure up the will to place them into the donation pile. I find them too hot to sleep in and most of them just look silly anyways.
The pajamas just sit in the closet collecting dust, month after month. Every once and awhile we may pull out a pair and see how it looks on our pooch but that’s about it.
Jackson prefers the comfort and styling of the Thai pajamas
I understand that for some, pajamas represent a souvenir of a memorable trip (as most International First Class trips are) but for me I am not sure what it is. Are the First Class pajamas symbolic? Am I giving up my memories of the trip if I give away the pajamas? May I one day have 15 dogs that I can dress all in various First Class pajamas? Who knows?!
So to you I ask, do your First Class pajamas mean anything to you? Do you use them or do they primarily sit as a trophy in your closet?