A long time ago, my husband and I used to watch this show called Mad About You starring Helen Hunt. Some of the episodes we skipped because it was not all clean humor. But one particular episode stands out in my mind as an all-time favorite. I could watch it again right now. In fact, I might try to find it on cable or something. Do they play the reruns?
The day they switched purses.
Helen played a very organized Jamie – public relations specialist. Always polished. Always ready for anything. And her sister Lisa was the exact opposite. Very disorganized, fly-by-the-seat-of-her-pants, couldn’t keep a job. Until the day they accidentally switched purses.
Suddenly, they also switched roles. Lisa had a job interview and no matter what obstacle thrown her way (rain is one I remember) she found a solution in her purse to fix it all, and landed the job. In the meantime, Jamie almost lost her job and completely fell apart, ending the day with hair a mess and a husband who was accidentally stunned by a stun gun she thought was his razor. It was a pretty funny episode!
Almost every mom I know has a purse of some type. Some larger than others. :)
The big question is – what will be left in our purses once munchkins of various age and size filter through it? I left for the pharmacy the other day only to discover on arrival that someone small had removed the prescription from it – one that was placed in my purse exactly two hours before at the dentist. How do they even find time to do that? And I cannot ever expect to find gum in there. Oh my. Gum disappears as soon as I buy it! (Truth: I hide the gum.)
And what exactly do we need in our purses to get through a typical day anyway? Ever since watching that episode, I’ve given extra thought to what I carry with me in that most essential accessory called “purse.” I’m a lot more like Lisa than I am Jamie, but I have a few things I do try never to be without. And fail. But at least I try!
I’m going to share my “must-haves” and my “luxuries” here, but I’d love to hear from you in the comments! What do you keep in your purse that you could not do without?
My Purse Essentials Must-Haves
Kleenex. My nose runs a lot. I have sinus issues. I’m having surgery next week, so this might change, but for now I must have tissues everywhere I go. Or it is not pretty.
A pony tail holder. A local friend of mine will laugh if she sees this. She’s a lot more like Jamie than I am! She always has a pony tail holder and I am always digging for one at the pool. But I do *try* to keep at least one in there at all times. I can’t stand windy hair!
My wallet and phone. I know that seems obvious. But I really do try not to leave home without either one!
Chewing gum. My teeth hurt a lot and the gum Ice Breakers helps a lot.
Receipts and trash. Okay – I’m kidding. Those are the things I can always count on to find in my purse!
My Purse Essentials Luxury List
Chapstick. Because somebody in this family always has chapped lips that make them cry at the most inopportune time. And it’s never the same person and never me. So weird!
Lipstick. Because I just look better with lipstick on. And I never remember until I’m almost there.
Sunglasses. When I lived in California these were on my must-have list. But somehow, the sun just isn’t as bright here so I don’t remember to grab them as often. Pool season is coming though!
Pens. I can never have enough pens in my purse because they always disappear! So, when I clean out my purse I always try to add a stash of pens. And I buy nice pretty pink and purple ones that the boys won’t want.
A mountain climbing clip. What are those things called? Caribeaners I think. I try to have one handy, because then I can string together a whole bunch of shopping bags and stuff. Binkies for instance. I don’t have those any more, but when I did, a caribeaner came in very handy. A pretty pink one like this.
So tell me – what’s in your purse???