The Mommy Purse.
Familar with that one? The largest purse on the planet, slung over the shoulder of some poor frazzled mom? The enormous leather satchel that is the catch-all for all the family’s needs? “Mom can you carry my cars?” “Mom can you carry my hairbrush?” “Mom do you have any tissues?” “Honey can you carry my camera for me?”
Whatever is needed on the family outting, it can be dug up from the bottom of the Mommy Purse. It’s like Mary Poppin’s carpetbag. Bottomless.
I vowed years ago…long before I ever even considered becoming a mommy….I vowed to NEVER carry the Mommy Purse. I did not want to become the pack animal. I refused to hurt my neck and shoulders with that heavy handbag. Plus…they look like Mommy Purses. There is nothing that you need with you that much, that requires the constant carrying of a purse that size. NOTHING.
My purse has been getting steadily bigger over the years. But it’s not because of the people handing me things to carry in my purse. Oh no. The culprit….
It started innocently enough. I could no longer carry my tiny purse, with a wallet, and my cell phone. Remember the rather large cell phones of the mid-1990s? Yes those. Took up too much space. Ok, I could upgrade to a slightly larger purse. Slightly.
Next came the Palm Pilot. I work in Corporate America, but I honestly had a Palm Pilot to carry my genealogy research with me. Well that, and it played a few little games. Well now that couldn’t fit in the purse with the wallet and the cell phone. (Notice…I’ve never been much of a makeup carrier. I wear it…just don’t take it with me. Takes up too much room IN MY PURSE.) So ok…a little bit BIGGER purse.
Then I decided to downgrade my camera from a big bulky 35mm SLR to a point-n-shoot. And digital. Of course, the idea was to carry the camera around with me to capture more of those everyday events and cool happenings on camera. Can’t do that if I don’t have the camera with me. Shove that into the purse.
And then a couple years ago, HC got me an iPod for Christmas, and my bff introduced me to the world of Podcasting. Well now I had to have my tunes and my “radio talk shows” with me at all times. Never know when I’ll have the need to drown out the people around me. Wallet…cell phone…Palm….camera…iPod in it’s storage case with earphones…
So now we come to today. Today, when I’m fighting my Kindle into the purse. The cell phone has gotten smaller over the years. The Palm Pilot went the way of the dinosaur. The camera sits on the desk sadly looking at me knowing I have no room to take it with me. And I’m fighting the Kindle in. And I’m eyeing a bigger purse.
HELP! I REFUSE TO GET A MOMMY PURSE!!!!