They say you can tell a lot about a woman by what she carries in her purse. In fact, the big joke is that men are often baffled by what a woman carries in her purse.
Have you ever seen the scene in The Breakfast Club when Ally Sheedy who plays “The Recluse” dumps out her purse in front of everyone in the library? Not only is this scene humorous, and plays on the joke about what women actually keep in their purses, but it also tells the audience a lot about her character. After Emilio Estevez and Anthony Michael Hall stare at her shocked at the pile of clothing, tampons, and a few bucks, she responds with, “You never know when you may have to jam.”
Now, even as a woman who carries a purse with her everywhere she goes, my own mother shocked me with this one… My mother and I were out shopping for my father for Fathers’ Day. Now, my father, a mechanical engineer of a good, solid 30 years, owns just about every tool known to man. But there we were in the middle of Lowe’s trying to measure some type of saw to see if we could fit it in my crossover SUV. So my mother reaches into her purse and whips out a tape measure. Seriously? What woman keeps a tape measure in her purse? A woman who has been married to my father for 35 years…
As for me, I have nothing to hide. I keep the usual feminine items in my purse: a hairbrush, a hair tie, make up, a compact of assorted lipsticks (in various colors), a red pen (from my editor days), hand lotion and sanitizer, tissues, an address book, feminine items for emergencies, my wallet, a USB cord for my phone, a granola bar, and a pack of business cards.
What does this say about me?
I’m a woman. I take my appearance seriously. And I mean business.
Oh, and I also keep a small tape measure in my purse. Thanks, Mom.