I have not carried a purse for at least 15 years. I think the last time I truly had a purse was when I was in high school; and even then it was a very small one that I could throw over my shoulder. I have never felt the need for a purse and have learned not to carry a lot of stuff with me.
Well, Susan told me that I really should carry a purse. I told her that I didn't need one because if I needed something carried I could just put it in her purse. She didn't think that was too funny. :) Her pursuit to get me to carry a purse was only intensified when we went out to dinner on Saturday. We went to the restaurant where my co-worker L works. I still don't know how it came up, but the two of them started talking about me not having a purse. Here is how the conversation between the two of them went:
S: I was shocked that Caroline doesn't carry a purse.
L: I know, me too. I have never seen her carry anything but her wallet.
S: I don't know any women that don't carry purses.
L: Me neither...well, besides Caroline.
I loved how they talked like I wasn't even there. By the end of the conversation L had told Susan of a store down the street where we could go look for a purse for me. So after dinner we headed over to the store and I started looking through the purses. I found one that I really liked, but it was $79.99. I told Susan that I refused to pay $80 for a purse. She looked at me like, "I don't understand what is wrong with that." We ended up leaving that store with no purse, but she talked me into going to one more store.
Here is what I found at the second store we went to:
I think it's more of a bag, but it's a start. I told Susan to be patient with me because carrying a purse is like having a third arm. It's just really awkward for me.
I have a feeling when we get together this weekend we will be looking for new shoes for me. Her response to my Crocs were, "I can't believe you get your shoes from a Sporting Goods Store."