I begin this blog by admitting that I am not by any means a purse fashionista. I couldn’t tell a Gucci bag from a Guffi one. For me, a purse has one purpose; carrying the stuff you can’t bear to leave at home.
Recently I purchased a new purse with one thought in mind – I wanted to be able to fit a full-size notebook inside. This is because I like to go to the mall or the park to write, and I wanted one bag in which to lug all my accouterments. My sisters say it looks like I’m carrying around a suitcase, but it works for me.
I have a friend who has a teeny, tiny purse and can fit everything she needs inside it. Cell phone, keys, undersized wallet, and sunglasses. There isn’t room for anything else except for one of those really skinny tubes of lipstick.
I have those same things in my purse. It’s just that I also have about two dozen pens and pencils, the notebook, my Kindle, a copy of Taming an Impossible Rogue (in case I run into Joss Whedon or Ron Howard and they’re looking for a good book to make into a movie), a checkbook, another (smaller) pad of paper, a camera, breath mints, a bottle of water, flavored stuff to put in the water, and a few other miscellaneous pieces of vital equipment for being me.
My friend says I’m being ridiculous and I’m going to injure my shoulder or my back because I haul too much around. To prove that everything I take with me is vital, I reached into the purse and randomly pulled out three items. Unfortunately, they were 1) an orange plastic spider left over from Halloween, 2) a green, unwrapped crayon my nephew must have thrown in there when I wasn’t looking, and 3) a snack bag of pulverized gold fish crackers.
Okay, maybe I do over-pack my purse. But am I the only one who does that? I want you to pull three random items from your purse or backpack or briefcase. Are you a streamlined goer? A hopeless over-packer? A responsible aunt who merely wants to be prepared for any emergency? Tell the truth, now!