A lifelong question for perfection


By Sue Curtis



Many women shop, almost compulsively, for a specific item like shoes, jewelry, or scarves. In my case, I’ve been on a four-decade-long quest for the perfect purse. This puzzles some of my near and dear, especially the menfolk, so I will try to explain.

Purses must are important. They must be able to carry the necessities of life. For all of you who are or who know a woman who’s been a wife, a mother, or a daughter, you know that the term “necessity” includes quite a bit more than merely a driver’s license.

There must also be a space for cash, credit cards, ATM cards, auto club, library cards, and many loyalty cards. Several merchants give frequent buyer cards so you can get your fifth or 10th cup of coffee, loaf of bread, or jar of oil free. Your wallet should include a place for precious pictures that are older and need to be protected and carried. We need a place to store precious mementos, such as the note my husband wrote me when we were dating 36 years ago. It’s tucked in a special pocket of my wallet, along with the $2 bill my dad gave me in 1975.

Speaking of phones, the purse must have a place for your phone, as well as your keys and key chain. Despite keyless-entry cars, we still need remote fobs, house keys, garage keys, and work keys.

Another section of the purse is devoted to checkbook, notepad, and pens. We need a place for tissues, handiwipes, and a small brush or comb. There must also be a whole pocket devoted to the items such as hand sanitizer, hand lotion, tweezers, nail clippers and file, band-aids, antibiotic cream, stiptik pencil, compact, lipstick, chapstick, toothpicks, cough drops, and a small medicine keeper.

And as many mothers know, it must also hold pacifiers, small toys, and cheerios in a container. The perfect purse would also be able to hold coupon keeper and to-do/shopping list.

Finally, the purse must sit easily on the shoulder, weigh less than a newborn, and coordinate with your coat and the season. It also has to be “dump” resistant, so if your purse falls to the floor, everything doesn’t spill out.

You can see why finding the perfect purse is not as easy as it seems. It’s kind of hard to judge in the store when it’s often tagged and stuffed and you can’t tell if everything will fit. It’s difficult to determine if it will keep your items safe, yet be easy to get to them.

Hence my quest for the perfect purse. I believe I found it this week, but time will tell. My hubby says I’ve pronounced a purse “perfect” a number of times, only to have that purse placed in the donation box within months.

Before you menfolk proclaim me crazy, just think about how many hours you’ve spent searching for that perfect fishing spot, developing that perfect golf swing, or waiting for that perfect football team. Now, do you get it?

Email me at suecurtis@gmail. com. I’ll answer, unless I’m out purse shopping.

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By Sue Curtis

Sue is a retired public servant who volunteers at a local elementary school and Hospice and keeps busy taking care of house, husband, son, and pets. She lives just outside of Troy, Ohio.

Sue is a retired public servant who volunteers at a local elementary school and Hospice and keeps busy taking care of house, husband, son, and pets. She lives just outside of Troy, Ohio.