I recently switched to a new purse, but it seems that as soon as I break out a new purse, I fill it up. As I explored my purse, I realized that yet again, I’ve loaded the bag down. I started digging through the purse to see if there was anything that I could discard. The first thing that my fingers touched was a book (which is not as common as it used to be since I have a Kindle). I just purchased an edited book of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s letters, and stuck it in my purse for those times that Donalyn Miller calls”reading in the wild.” I especially love this purse because it has enough room for at least one book and maybe even two if I’m not carrying my Kindle.
As I continued to rummage around, I realized that my wallet had turned upside down, so my credit cards, driver’s license, and other cards had fallen out. I never keep those cards inside the wallet in the plastic sleeves because I can never get the cards out quickly. Instead, I stick them in the back compartment of the wallet for easy access. However, I probably spend just as much time fishing the cards from the bottom of my purse as I would spend if I just put them where they actually belonged. As I replaced the cards, I paused to look at a small inspirational card that a dear friend gave me about two years ago. The message on this card has encouraged me at so many different times when I’ve needed a boost, so I made sure that it made it back into my wallet.
Receipts are everywhere even though this is a relatively new purse. Gas receipts, Wal-Mart receipts, bookstore receipts, the print-out from the dealership after a recent oil change…you name it and it’s there. I have a horrible habit of just tossing receipts in my purse and as a result, they’re crumpled and sometimes ripped. I tried to smooth them out, but I’m fighting a losing battle.
Then there’s my bag of Tylenol, cough drops, tissues, Robitussin capsules, and tissues that’s been with me for the past month as I’ve battled a cough that just won’t give up. I notice that I’m getting low on supplies, so I make a mental note to visit the medicine cabinet before I leave the house.
My glasses and a half-empty box of contacts are hiding under the medicine bag. I switched to a new brand of contacts and the quality is poor, so I often need a new pair. Several times I’ve even had to switch out my contacts at school. I can’t wait to finish this box and hopefully the optometrist will find a better brand for me.
A pile of change has already collected at the bottom of the purse. A quick count estimates that I have at least five dollars in change. That’s at least one breakfast at Burger King:) I hope the person at the drive-thru window won’t be irritated with a heaping handful of change, but breakfast will be covered!
I can’t believe that I wrote an entire slice about my purse. When I started writing this, I was amused with the amount of stuff in my purse, but then the slice started to snowball. I guess, though, that this is better than actually taking the time to clean out my purse:)