What’s your ‘purse-onal’ story?
I can still remember that denim jean purse I carried back in junior high. It had a New Kids On the Block pin on the shoulder strap and a Garfield plastic wallet inside. I probably only had a few dollars inside the wallet, money from a birthday gift that I saved for a rainy day. And of course, I’m sure that purse carried a Bonnie Bell pink lip gloss too.
I grew up in the days before cell phones, iTouches or other small gadgets that keep us connected to the world. My purse was simple, yet it carried the essentials for my teen lifestyle.
These days, my purse is the wallet stashed inside the kids’ diaper backpack. I love the backpack style–keeps those hands and arms free to wrangle the tot and baby in and out of shopping carts, the stroller and car. Gone are the days of that cute plastic wallet that carried just the essentials. Today my wallet is stuffed with receipts, store coupons that will likely expire before I remember to use them and an array of business cards/store loyalty cards and oh yes, that all important credit card that trails my shopping with each swipe and signature.
Lately I find myself in search of the perfect purse, one to hold the essentials on the inside and look pretty on the outside. Not too big as to weigh down on my shoulder, and not too small so I can’t fit anything inside it.
I have a stash of old purses. There is the cute turquoise bag I used for that blind date when I met my husband for drinks. And there is the little black bag I pull out when I dress up for weddings. There is the faux purse I bought while visiting my college roommate in New York and the bargain purse I found when I wandered away from the aisles of groceries and toilet paper.
There are different purses for different stages of my life. I’m two years and six months into the realm of motherhood, still feeling my way around, still finding out where I belong. Some days I miss grabbing my handbag and joining a friend for an office coffee break, and some days I giggle with my toddler as we make a secret stop for a doughnut and mommy’s coffee.
As women, it seems our accessories tell so many stories about ourselves. What is your “purse-onal” story?
Melissa Riske is a mother, freelance writer and more. She’s a member of Mothers & More DuPage Chapter No. 1 in DuPage Illinois.
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