February 7, 2012
Picture it. Here I am, spending my day off in the purse departments of Macy’s, Dillard’s, and Nordstrom, searching for that all-time perfect purse: roomy, practical, and timeless. Sales clerks observing my behavior — picking up, trying on, unzipping and unclipping Fossils, Dooneys, and Coaches — snap to attention. Rugged canvas, whisper-light microfiber, luxurious ultrasuede, and buttery-soft leather — I finger them all, mopping up the drool I leave on the shelves.
At last, with two runners-up — a slouchy, forest-green suede backpack on one shoulder and a supple, burgundy leather messenger over the other, I high-tail it up to the register to pay for the lucky winner with my $10, 000 Visa gift card when — Poof! Darn it!–I wake up.
Every time I share the highlights of this dream-of-dreams with my fiance, Von shakes his head. He’s a man. So he can’t begin to fathom my lifelong fascination with purses. A man, he states, carries his essentials — wallet and keys only — in his pants pocket.
Oh, but pockets have their limits, I insist. Then I proceed to explain to him…and to the rest of you men…why women need purses.
Reason one: cosmetics. Contact lenses, lip gloss, concealer, liquid base and mineral powder, eyeliner and mascara, that mirrored compact with three shades of eye shadow would spill out of a pocket and roll around in the aisles of Cabela’s or Home Depot.
Reason two: work. Post-it Notes, Liquid Paper, paper clips, staples and stapler, sack lunch, and laptop or iPad. You see, to us, a purse is so much more than a holder of money or keys. A pocket is just that — a shallow slash in your pants.
Reason three — the most important of them all: emergencies of all kinds. Water bottles, chocolate bars, sewing kits, meds, spare pair of Spanx, iPhones equipped with Words With Friends, Nooks or Kindles — perfect for waiting out traffic jams and doctor’s appointments.
Pathetic though it may sound to you, purses hold the stuff of our lives. Emphasis on the word stuff. Stay tuned for Part Two: features for holding our stuff to make our perfect purses, well, perfect-er.