You can tell a lot by how people take their coffee. It’s true!
Machiatto ? Too busy for more than a shot of coffee at any one time. Capuccino? Coffee swilling soccer mum, with time only for a quiet moment and a sweet treat when it comes in a takeaway cup. (Note: this is my coffee of choice at the moment so you can take the above with a large pinch of salt).
The same generalisations can be applied to handbags. Although I feel I should be a sleek and stylish mid-size bag kind of person, what I actually tote around with me is a large, well-worn leather slouch bag.
This bag contains some of the boring essentials – wallet, keys, mobile phone, but it’s also testament to the other more important things in my life.
The crumpled up excursion form I signed and meant to drop into the school office for example. Testament to a busy working mum trying to get it right, with limited success at times.
Ordering my ‘soccer-mum-cappuccino’ just now, I had to wade past a mouthguard, two tennis balls, a school sock and a muesli bar just to find my wallet. Each memento an addition courtesy of my son.
I did smile when I saw these in my bag. Bittersweet remnants of him as I know I won’t be his packhorse forever, as he grows ever taller and more independent with each passing year.
Despite the fact I can’t ever find my phone before it rings out, I’m fond of this cavernous sack. It holds all that I ask without complaint. This bag holds precious things … the flotsam and jetsam of my life.
One day I probably will be a sleek bag person, but for now I’m embracing the chaos that is my handbag. Yes, for now at least … I think we suit each other.
Tracy is a media professional working in television. An enthusiastic explorer of the inter webs, she's held many different roles and has worked on documentary, reality and lifestyle television shows across almost two decades in the industry. Tracy also writes.