Looking in My Purse

The poem below is a Nove Otto. It is a rhyming syllabic poetry form created by Scott Alcorn. It consists of a 9 line poem with 8 syllables per line and a rhyme scheme of: a/a/c/b/b/c/d/d/c

Over my shoulder hangs my bag
Containing all my precious swag
It’s just like Mary Poppins’ purse
Into its maw my keys are tossed
So big and deep that things get lost
It is my blessing and my curse
It carries needs both small and great
My aches and pains are from its weight
But all in all it could be worse

When I was a single girl, all I needed in my purse was a tiny wallet, a comb, a compact and my keys. I had little purses that now are referred to as “a wallet on as string” or a “wristlet”. That all changed when I became a mother. Not only did I carry a purse that had to contain all things for any emergency (adult or child) but a diaper bag. Once the diaper bag was not needed, I still had to carry a purse the size of a suitcase. It contained a near complete first aid kit (I had 2 sons), snacks (my sons would get hangry), an assortment of kleenex, lip balm, phone numbers, credit cards and cash, and the odd toy, crayons and coloring books. At various times I carried knives, multiple pairs of sunglasses, sunscreen, and mosquito repellent. Now I have a messenger bag. It has to contain things to respond to any emergency, geocaching conundrum, or worst case scenario plus the phone, cables and battery backup charger. It weighs a ton, well maybe 10 pounds on a good day. I always wanted to go on the “Let’s Make A Deal” show because I carried most of those things in my purse! What’s in your wallet/purse??

61 thoughts on “Looking in My Purse

  1. I’ve always wondered why men get away with a wallet, keys and my husband has a change purse. Try buying a change purse now days that works! I’m using hubby’s.

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    1. I just bought a pinch type change purse from Amazon, because I like that kind (no zipper to break!). Now that stores allow the use of cash, I will be opening it more, methinks.

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      1. Hehe! Our good friend uses those pinch type that are all plastic – you used to get them with advertising and they handed them out for free. Every time I go to a garage sale I look for them (usually in the “free” box). I think I’ve gifted him with one every Christmas!

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    2. I got a really cute one at a garage sale – leather and made in Spain. Of course I don’t use it and instead use one that looks like a mouse! Men get away with only a wallet and and keys because they throw everything else in the backseat of their cars or have their wives put it in their purses!!

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  2. Loving the poem, Mary Poppins.
    And I hear you. I just gave up on purse thing and carry a backpack with all the things. For just me. 😉
    Recently added the extra paperback thesaurus. 😀

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    1. I used to carry a change of clothes for the kids and books, occasionally sports equipment… Now I use rhymezone.com instead of carrying the thesaurus (the print got too small to read, hehe)! I’ve considered the backpack purse but with my bum shoulder it is too hard to put on and take off.

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  3. When I had to work in the office, I had a “go bag” for my thermos, and the breakfast I bought with the coffee I’d buy and transfer to said thermos. I’d have good coffee for the rest of the day without having to leave my desk to make a cup.

    Now, I only carry a small denim bag that looks like it was made from the top half of children’s jeans. most of the time that holds my calling cards (I have two kinds) in each back pocket, the special cloth to clean my glasses in one front pocket, and my sweetener dispenser in the other front pocket. Inside, I will tuck my wallet, one or two glass cases (sunglasses and eyeglasses), pens, a pocket knife, and a few other small items (makeup, keys, etc).

    I was a tomboy, and I really try to get away with just using pockets when I can, and if I can’t, then I will leave the “big” purse (with all the emergency stuff for going far from home) in the car while I take the smaller one out of it and take it with me. I have the cross body wallet, too for when I am at a craft fair or other walking outing. I also just bought an evening clutch for a wedding in July. I only carry the bigger colorful bags when I have to take stuff with me when going on an outing with the Grandson (heart throb). Having said that, I only have six bags/purses until the new clutch arrives.

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    1. I have lots of purses but only regularly carry a couple. Most of my purses are designated to match a specific pair of shoes or an outfit. My everyday purse is a army green canvas messenger bag or my denim bag. I have a really nice all leather messenger type bag that was my retirement gift but I’m reluctant to carry it because I don’t want to scuff the leather! Of course it will look awesome once it is “broken in” but it is like having a new car and not wanting to get that first ding or dent….

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  4. I don’t carry a purse. I put my wallet and phone in my back pockets. It’s not aesthetic from the rear but after carrying a backpack with books, student papers, lunch, water for dogs, snacks for kids, water for kids, Capri Sun, Swiss Army knife I now have scoliosis. I paid a price for toting around all those fardles. 🙂

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    1. I would do that if it weren’t for the fact that many of my pants have inadequate pockets – too shallow most of the time and then some are positioned too low. That results in the weight of the phone trying to ‘pants’ me… I just can’t stand the sensation of my pants trying to crawl off my backside!

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  5. My purse has elastic bandage, my pocket knife, and flashlight. These are all things Wrangler asks for often. It is big enough to carry my camera in. I do this only when we are home and going somewhere because I do not like how heavy it makes my purse. My purse never leaves the truck until we are home. But at home Wrangler never has a wallet on him.

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    1. Yep! Sparky has handed me things to “put in your purse” so I end up carrying water bottles and purchases… I think Sparky feels naked without his wallet. At least his wallet isn’t so big that he has a dent in his butt from sitting on it!

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        1. Hehe! Good for him… I had a coworker who carried a wallet nearly 4″ thick. He was having sciatica and went to the doctor… he was “cured” when he stopped carrying the wallet in his back pocket. My thinking is that if you have to carry that much stuff, you need a “man bag”!

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  6. I love this poem! And learning new styles is always great. My purse is so small. I did carry larger ones when my kids were little. I’ve had my small knife for many years in my small purse (very small lol). I have my debit cards and such, sunglasses, hand sanitizer, chapstick/lipstick, and a pen. I carry a first aid kit in car. This was a great post my friend!

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    1. Thanks Karla! I’m tickled you enjoyed this one and learned something too! I used to carry a pen knife that my grandfather gave me but removed it after 911 because I didn’t want to lose it/have to relinquish it when traveling…

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      1. Val, I have a funny story about the tiny knife. As a middle school principal I collected tons of items during a year. Lol. I’d always tell the parents to please come pick them up. I was in a rural area. Most items would be labeled weapons! Pocket knives were always in abundance. When I fly or plan to enter buildings with security I try and remember to take it out. Tiny flashlights are my thing too!

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  7. Lol.. i can totally relate Val.. i admire those who can go out with just a small handbag. Me? I carry a big tote bag all the time..and it is heavy but i can’t seem to figure out how to unload my bag so i gave up. I have been wearing a big hand bag ever since anywhere.

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  8. Love this! A few times mom would pick up my purse and call it a “suitcase.” Not because of its size, but because of its weight. I never carried a huge purse, but it was always packed full of “stuff” and had that ever present “black hole” that the important things fell into.

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      1. lol then I shall give you a packing guideline dear … always happy to help a friend! And sounds like the carry all you label a purse will be sufficient 🙂

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  9. I think I’ve commented on the Mary Poppins quality of your purses!

    I’ve learned to survive with the lightweight crossbody bags that can also be carried as a clutch or a wristlet. They are great when I’m working because it’s quick and easy to get to my Shipt card or my debit card if I’m grabbing something for myself. However, as you know, I have a growing collection of gorgeous large Vera Bradley bags in fun colors and patterns. I use those when I need a bit more storage space. Well… more than a bit. I also have a crossbody phone case that also holds a few credit cards.

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    1. Although I appreciate your smaller purses, I can’t help but remember the orange purse that needed sewing repair due to being over stuffed!! As for the Vera Bradley purses – I’m always down to feed that addiction! hehe!

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  10. I carry my check book, a few dollar bills, and my driver’s license along with a couple of credit cards. No keys. I have a key-less car. The only heavy thing in the purse is my cell phone. Life is good.

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    1. I am going to have to try the “just the necessities” method again. Perhaps this time I won’t end up kicking myself (for not bringing along the eye glasses repair kit or the nail clippers and emery board)!

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  11. Excellent Nove Otto and I love your personal history with your purse! Most of us can relate to the changing times and our purses and what we carry are in them! I love your sense of humor also!

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  12. Oh, Muri, honey, free yourself! Buy clothes with pockets and stuff said pockets with the essentials: credit card, ID, car fob (I guess they’re not keys anymore) and cell phone. All the rest of the stuff can stay in the car: water for the dogs; office keys; tissue; pen; tape measure; piano bench and monkey wrench. (only folks of a certain age will get that)

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    1. I’ve tried but I haven’t been successful. My car key is still an actual key. and I too carry a check book! As for buying clothes with pockets – I suppose I could try to find some men’s jeans …..

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  13. I’m glad to know I’m not the only one who carries insect repellent in her purse! During the summer I carry that and sun screen, because you never know when you’re going to need it.

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  14. I have a wallet with umpteen documents and cards, which will be largely left at home, should I go overseas later this year. Penny had a purse the size of Rhode Island, and kept everything that could possibly be needed for a Red Cross Level II emergency. I am no one to talk, though, as my back seat and trunk are always full, on any trip out of state.

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    1. This made me smile! I’m sure Penny was prepared for any event! In fact I was able to produce a bandaid recently when one was needed but no one else had one – that big purse came in handy.

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