In my pre-mommy days I used to cart around quite the stylish handbags. Some were so quaint and tiny, they merely had room for a drivers license, lipstick, and a $20 bill.
These days such quaint purses sit in the top of my closet, collecting dust. I have since traded in such little clutches for larger mommy handbags, the kind with bottomless pockets and sturdy interiors that can withstand the occasional sippy cup spill. These days my purse holds more than a small tube of lipstick and some pocket money. The other day I peered inside the depths of my Mommy purse and laughed out loud at its contents.
The contents included:
*One green pen
*Two Sesame Street-themed watercolor pens
*One tiny board book
*One lid to a piece of Tupperware (Tupperware container was not in bag..not sure how lid wound up in bag)
*One GI Joe figure (popular with both children)
*Set of car keys
*Small toy car
*Three lone nickels
*Three bobby pins (I have hair issues)
*One hair rubber band
*Unopened package of Toy Story stickers
*Package of Goldfish crackers
*Three boxes of raisins (My two year old has raisin issues)
*Pair of daughter’s sunglasses
*Sesame Street Watercolor book
*Small stuffed dog
*Two packages of tissue
*Buzz Lightyear notepad
*Random, unopened toy from a kid’s meal
*Make-up bag holding two lipsticks and a pressed powder compact
*About 20 crushed goldfish crackers
*Approximately 11 used Kleenex tissues (Not pictured for obvious reasons)
Someday my young children will be grown and I will be able to pull those cute, small handbags down from the top of my closet and use them once again. I will not need to travel around with a small arsenal of toys and snacks tucked safely away in my large mommy bag. No one will dig through my purse hoping to find spare change for a candy machine or a crayon to use in a boredom emergency. I will simply be able to toss a bit of make-up and some money into a bag and jet out the house, whimsical and carefree.
And most likely, I will miss my mommy bag full of random goodies and the leaking sippy cups that came along with it.