Before I had a child, I never carried a purse.
I tried a few times in high school, but it never turned out well.
Once I left a purse (with way too much money for a high schooler to have on hand) on a bus we took to Canada for a day trip. The bus driver said he never saw the purse, and I certainly never saw the money again.
After that, I took to putting my essential cards and some cash in a pocket.
My general rule of thumb was back pocket for suburbs, front pocket for cities.
Then, I had a kid and got used to lugging around useless amounts of junk via a diaper bag because the baby industry had me thinking I needed to be prepared for a monsoon, a hurricane, a tornado and a terrorist attack at any given moment. And, believe me my fellow moms and I could have fed and entertained a small country had we needed to at nearly any given moment.
Being a mom of an only, I got to move on to a purse ahead of many of my peers and it was liberating. First it was a big purse and now it's down to a somewhat more reasonable size.
I keep nothing of earth shattering privacy in my purse and I'm sure many of you are the same and yet as a mother it is the one space in my house that is MINE. MINE! MINE! MINE!
And, then the hubs went digging around in there for who knows what a few weeks ago and I felt violated.
Perhaps this is the key to I need to get out a little more.
Do you feel violated if someone goes in your purse without asking?