Pockets vs. Purses

Bismillahi Rahmani Rahim

As-Salaamu ‘Alaikum Beloved And Beautiful Sisters,

I have been known to carry “stuff” everywhere I go. I would see other women with “stuff” and Erykah Badu’s song “Bag Lady” would immediately pop into my head and I knew I didn’t want people thinking that when they looked at me. I didn’t want to feel  like that.

So, after I got settled into my new place, I decided to downsize. I started leaving with nothing but my purse. But one day, I was talking to an older Sister-Friend and she reminded me that back in the day, women didn’t even carry purses!

In the forties and fifties, women would dress up and wear gloves and hats everywhere they went, but they didn’t carry purses. I lamented that I have my keys, my phone, my money, “How could I get by without a purse?

She told me when she was little, her mother used to make little pockets in her clothes for her to keep her money and pin her keys to her clothes. I thought, “Why not?”

So, I altered some of my garments and hid a pocket on the pants-skirt and tried going out without a purse. My trip was so much easier! I wasn’t fumbling in my purse looking for my money, or my keys or my phone. I had everything right there in my hidden pocket.

I also felt much safer. Carrying a purse carries the added risk of your valuables being snatched away, without a moment’s notice, so you have to be on guard at all times. With all of my belongings secure in my pocket, I walked down the street comfortably knowing that no one even knew where my belongings were!


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