My husband does pretty well living in a household that's half female, especially for a guy who grew up with four brothers and no sisters. But one thing continues to baffle and annoy him, even after 13 years together: THE PURSE.
Specifically, my need to frequently switch up purses based on the season, outfit, or event, and my constant desire for whatever cute one catches my eye. I've pared down considerably and have been carrying the same red leather number since deciding to retire the diaper bag. However, it's summer, and summer means I need a big bag.
Luckily, big tote bags are everywhere and tend toward the inexpensive and cute. Lands' End has a ton of totes in a variety of colors and patterns. I'm not talking a single-purpose beach bag here, either. We need something that will hold water bottles, snacks, sunscreen, diapers, wipes, insect repellent and perhaps even swimsuits or sweatshirts for ourselves and our kids. If it's easy to clean, light but strong, and stylish, so much the better.
The Big Bag can also serve as a carrier for library books, an easier
way to heft around farmer's market bounty, or an alternative to paper or plastic at the supermarket.
All that stuff is on top of the normal "mom's bag of tricks" supplies we carry all the time. Once, I was interviewing a chef at a fancy restaurant. He was getting his photo taken and suddenly started laughing. "Play dough? Really?" he asked me. I wanted to drop through the floor...I usually do a good job of "de-momifying" my bag when I am headed off somewhere professional, but I'd forgotten the little canister of play dough that I pull out when we're at a restaurant and there's a wait, which was visible in my open-topped purse.
And as much as our husbands might mock us for the size of our bag or our neverending quest to find the perfect one, they're singing a different tune when, say, they get a blister walking around the county fair and ta-daaaa! We produce bandages and antibiotic ointment, as well as a couple of small toys to distract the kids while he gets fixed up. It's part of those mom skills we develop without even realizing it.
What do you have to have in your bag?