Feb. 21st, 2013

purse

Feb. 21st, 2013 12:02 pm
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My mother is a hopeful woman. She continues to believe that if only I had the right purse, I would carry a purse like respectable women do. (Like respectable women do in her world.) Perhaps not all the time, but when I wanted to be seen as a respectable woman, as I sometimes do. For more than 20 years, every time I go to visit her carrying a backpack, with overstuffed pockets and useful things clipped to my belt making my clothes look all lumpy, she sighs and asks why I'm not carrying one of the nice purses she gave me. Then I try to explain why purses are uncomfortable or inconvenient or otherwise not right for me, and she takes me shopping for the right purse.

Even though I don't visit my mother all that often, I have quite a few purses that are extremely nice and respectable, and surely right for somebody. They're all big enough to hold a paperback, along with wallet/phone/etc, and a few hold a hardcover. Would any of you like one? Come to my apartment and I'd be happy to give it to you. Or send me postage, and I'll mail it.

I just spent the worse part of an hour staring at a small pile of things and trying to figure out how to carry them without using a purse. They would fit in the very nice brown purse (with the little holder for a charlie card) and have lots of room left over, only that hurts my shoulder to carry even when it's empty. They would fit in the very nice navy purse with the adjustable strap with room left over, only that hurts my shoulder to carry even when it's empty. They would fit in the very nice black purse with all the zippered pockets, only that hurts my shoulder to carry even when it's empty. And so on, for a ridiculous number of purses. These things clearly are not good for me.

(I am not, BTW, trying to carry a paperback this afternoon. But graph paper, index cards, and reading glasses are too bulky for pockets when I am also carrying my wallet and phone, and wearing lots of wool.)

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