I have always been intrigued by what ladies carry in their purses and bags. There's an old saying I'm sure you've heard that goes like this: She's got everything in that purse but the kitchen sink! Awhile back when I was sitting with Grace, we sometimes watched Let's Make a Deal. I love to watch the deals Wayne Brady makes with the audience, each one dressed up in some crazy costume to garner his attention in the hope they'll be selected to make a big deal with him. At the end of the show, they choose random contestants to produce something on the spot for cash. It might be a paper clip, a piece of chewing gum -- you know, something common that people might have, but most times it is something completely random. But if you follow them on Twitter, you know exactly what to bring because they tell you on Twitter what they will be asking for. It's totally obvious when they ask for an item if the person has it because they've been following on Twitter, or if they're scrambling to just come up with something passable for the item requested. I'm figuring they must have to carry a large bag to the show with them to accommodate any possible requests.
I, for one, look for small bags to carry. I have learned from experience that the bigger the bag the more stuff you will carry in it. When I travel, I usually carry a small crossover with just the essentials -- you know, wallet, passport, lip balm, phone. I like to have my hands freed up to do other things in the airport (like lug my suitcase from checkpoint to checkpoint or nurse a cup of coffee). So when I shop for a new purse, I avoid the big ones. Big ones are really in style right now but no, thank you, I'll just get by with the bare minimum. Besides, I am not a purse person like a lot of gals, so shopping for purses is not what I long for. Purses are strictly utilitarian for me. When my old one has completely fallen apart or I realize that it is a full ten years behind the latest styles, I will then force myself to go purse shopping, but I will only let go of the minimum amount of cash that I possibly have to for a new one. I have a girlfriend who is very stylish and who carries a large Michael Kors leather bag. The last time I was with her, I picked it up to compliment her on her beautiful new bag, and it just about pulled me over it was so heavy! Now, that absolutely cannot be good for your back! You might start out with a wallet, a couple of makeup items, sunglasses, etc., but by the time you've had that bag for three months, it truly does have just about everything but the kitchen sink in it -- a couple of books, your Kindle, several types of body lotion, sunscreen, an umbrella, an extra pair of shoes just in case you need them later. Hey, you know I'm right. As Mary Poppins pulled everything under the sun from her carpet bag upon her arrival at the Banks house, I think it quite possible that some women today might totally shock those around them if they emptied their bags for all to see.
Even men these days sometimes carry bags. I'm not talking a briefcase or a laptop case, but a murse (man-purse -- I heard that one on TV). I guess men have stuff to carry too. I could never get my hubby to carry a man-purse; he didn't even carry a wallet when we first met. He also did not carry a money clip, just a wad of cash crammed into his pocket. Now, I don't know if this was for lack of organization or because he wanted to impress me with a wad of cash, but shortly after meeting him I convinced him that a wallet was a fine way to organize his cards and cash, even if it was only twenty one-dollar bills. I have another friend who wads her cash just like my man used to do. And I don't quite understand her reasoning behind it because she carries a purse all the time. But come to think of it, I don't think I ever see her pulling a wallet out of her purse, so plain hard cash goes into her purse and ends up a wad. Every time we go somewhere and she pulls out that wad of cash I say, "You be so dang rich, girl, put all that cash away before we get robbed!" Each person has their own way I guess. To me, however, there is nothing more fun than purchasing a new wallet, emptying out the old one, and finding a new home for all your stuff. I do enjoy shopping for a new wallet occasionally. The bills go here, the coins go there, and your cards all into those little slots. Makes a girl feel, well, in control.
When you become a mom, your purse/bag takes on a whole new dimension. Today, I fell into the "mom" department when I found a diaper, some wipes, and a couple of toys in my purse upon my arrival home with my little Preston. The above picture is of my daughter's makeup bag contents that she had emptied out and cleaned up on my kitchen counter recently. Apparently, her little munchkin has gotten into her makep, broken the closure on her compact and powder had sifted itself onto everything in there. So before leaving on her trip, she carefully got reorganized by cleaning powder from each piece and replacing the compact destroyed with a brand-new one. I have found all kinds of things in my purse as a mother and grandmother, as I know you have if you fall into one of those roles. Hair clasps and bands just in case the weather changes, snacks in the unforeseen case of having to wait too long for lunch, sippy boxes, random socks, trash the kids have thrown in and, almost always, a couple of small toys and books.
The contents of my daughter's bag in this picture is pretty common I would say. I see a couple of compacts, blush, tweezers, manicure scissors, lip balms, eyeshadow and assorted brushes for expert application of the aforementioned items. What I also see in this picture is a totally random item, but maybe not so much for the mom of a toddler. It is a small white sealed packet towards the bottom middle of the image. It just happens to be small glycerin suppositories for baby in case of constipation during travel. Well, now, I have truly seen it all. But a mom does have do be prepared, does she not?
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