My handbag is my co-pilot. I realized this one day while driving. I didn’t see the street on which I had to turn until it was RIGHT THERE, so I had to hit my brakes kind of hard in order to not miss it. Now, I’m no soccer mom, nor do I usually drive with anyone in my passenger seat. But my immediate instinct was to put my right hand out and protect my bag from toppling over.

You know, because I didn’t want to startle him.

And I’ll have everyone know there was no harm done; my purple Sami Quilted Handbag was just fine. He took the turn like a champ.

My Adorable Co-Pilot

Anyway. Back to the co-pilot thing. Where does my bag sit in the car? The passenger seat. Where does he go in a restaurant? In the chair next to me. If my vehicle is full of people, would I put my bag in the trunk? Ha! No. You’d better believe I hand him off to the passenger to act as a temporary lap dog.

“Yeah, go ahead and dig through it! Let me know what you find.”

There’s just something about my handbags that causes me to want them close to me at all times, and it’s not the fact that they house my wallet or die-without-it ibuprofen. I’m sure it’s psychological (let’s not even get into my phone-always-in-hand obsession), but I’m just more comfortable if I’ve got my bag with me. I feel more prepared. You never know when you’re going to need that spare fork, that old receipt, that pocket Constitution.

(You think I’m kidding.)

After I laughed to myself at my instinctual protective-mom gesture, I looked over at my Sami and thought about why I did that. I still don’t have a solid answer—Did I fear he would roll to the floor and get dirty? Was it to protect the contents from spilling?—but I do know that on the importance scale, my bag is pretty high up there. Who knows why, really? I mean, it’s just something I haul all my stuff around in. But I really value my handbags, so I looked over at my Sami. And I smiled.

Now my Sami’s safe and secure ;)
Sami Safe and Sound

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  • Reply Angelica September 1, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    I totally know why you saved the Sami from harm….I love it!!

    • Reply Lo September 1, 2009 at 4:27 pm

      Yesss! I totally have a Sami, too! Mine’s black though lol

      Such a gorgeous bag, right!!

      • Reply Angelica September 1, 2009 at 4:29 pm

        You love your Sami too? I think I am going to have to pull the trigger on a purchase soon. Can’t decide between the black and red…..

  • Reply Andrea September 1, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    hahaha…who DOESN’T carry a pocket Constitution in their purse?? omg too funny.

    • Reply Terryl September 1, 2009 at 4:50 pm

      Yeah, I’m…a LITTLE nerdy. But I loves me some handbags =P

  • Reply Michelle September 1, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    I’m now motivated to buy a new bag. I used to feel that way about my ex-bag, and now I realize the bag I have may as well be a 1-night stand. It means nothing. I have officially dumped my bag and am gonna find Mr. Right!!!! :)

  • Reply Liza September 1, 2009 at 5:18 pm

    i carry around the “united nations’ declaration of human rights”


  • Reply Samantha September 1, 2009 at 5:33 pm

    Right there with you on having a bag within ten feet of me at all times. Hand sanitizer and deoderant at the ready. Three cheers for co-pilots!

  • Reply Becky September 1, 2009 at 6:01 pm

    OMGOSH! I would totally stick my hand over to the passenger seat where my bag is if I had to slam on my brakes…..I didn’t realize that was weird until….well……now. CUTE bag, by the way. I’ve been looking into getting a new bag…hmmmm……..

  • Reply Lovi September 2, 2009 at 12:17 pm

    I want a pocket Constitution! No, seriously.

    • Reply Terryl September 2, 2009 at 4:07 pm

      Ooh! Free pocket Constitution:


      PS Loved your grammar post, but I couldn’t give you any comment love because of the profile restrictions! Grr. But know I wanted to. ;)

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