Not prone to purchases on the spur of the moment, nor to extravagances generally, I rather surprised myself a couple of weekends ago (on my re-union weekend) when I bought a handbag (egged on by ‘the girls’ ) in about 5 minutes flat, and without even looking around first.
The said bag caught my eye as soon as I walked into the place, on a mission, in fact to find a specific style of clog for one of the other ‘girls’- (I put this in inverted commas as I’m not really clear how long one can legally refer to oneself and friends as ‘girls’. I’m the nearest to 50, but they are not far behind me.)
Anyway back to the bag. Red leather, sleek design. Creamy lining. I bought it. I wouldn’t have done, had I been on my own, of course – and for a full 24 hours it stayed in the plastic carrier bag and I debated with myself whether or not I should keep it, or take it back and exchange it for the more staid black version – or indeed get my money back.
Once home I guiltily showed off the purchase. Cyclomaniac looked at it and said, “Well it won’t go with everything. It doesn’t go with what you’re wearing, for example.” I was wearing something with purple in it and that poem came to mind, you know the one about growing old and wearing a red hat and purple whatevers. So I decided to keep it.
The process of changing bags was interesting. Although it is larger than the previous brown leather tatty one it seems to hold less, so I had to streamline the contents somewhat. And as I did that I wondered what everyone else carries around, and whether I am unusual in what I carry? Do you have a tape measure and a nail file, a pair of nurses scissors and a note-book, a diary, a cheque book plus paying in book, a glasses case, a lipstick, a pack of Handy-Andies, paracetamol, ibuprofen and a mirror, and a small screw driver, to name but a few items? (The penknife is on the keyring)
PS I went on Sunday to one of those dreaded Outlet Villages. Lots of red handbags. Have I inadvertently joined a trend? Or am I rather late in discovering the joy of a red handbag?