The answer usually results in me opening up my handbag, digging around for a bit, and retrieving the requested item. 95% of the time, at least. Do I remember putting the item in there? Nope. But somehow, I’m able to just put my hand into the bottomless pit and find what I’m looking for.
Sometimes, I pull something out the unexpected (hello sticky half eaten lollipop my 5 year old gave me to put back into the wrapper for later ... about a year ago.)
Sometimes I’ll find something I thought was long gone (Aha – that’s where my ipod went!)
Of course, there is always that 5% of the time when I can’t find what I’m looking for – usually this involves keys and money.
I know I need to just dump everything out and clean the darn thing out, but quite frankly, I’m afraid of the disastrous abyss that awaits me. When I switch purses (and yes, I have several of these ridiculously over sized bags) I usually just grab the essentials – my wallet, cell phone, checkbook, etc – and transfer them into the new bag – which is often already full of all of my other stuff that I just *need* to carry with me at all times.
I’ve tried to pare down and purchase smaller purses, but then when I run out of room, and I need to decide what gets left behind, I start to hyperventilate slightly. Okay, not really, but what if my 5 year old needs a change of clothes or it starts raining and I need my umbrella? Or what if someone needs a first aid kit? Or sunscreen? Or hand lotion? Or wipes?
Or snacks – sticky year old lollipop anyone?