There she is, "the suitcase". I love having a big purse. I love having everything I need (or don't need) right there with me. I like being able to carry my book, multiple notebooks, little bags with odds and ends for "just in case". I like being the person who has a bandaid or kleenex or hand lotion when you need it. Heck, I've even pulled rolling papers out of that purse - and if you know me, you understand how completely shocking it is for me of all people to have rolling papers on them.
I love a good clutch as much as the next person, and have several great ones, but they're for fancy occasions only. For day to day, I like having this monster.
There are definite downsides to having a big purse. First and probably the most annoying is the people bump into you all the time. Honestly, it doesn't matter where I am, someone always runs into my purse. It's even more irritating because people don't seem to think they need to apologize when they run into a purse and don't make direct contact with a person. What they fail to realize is that when you run into my purse, it practically knocks me over. Seriously, that thing is heavy, it's not to be messed around with.
The more obvious downside is that things do get lost in the purse. If I miss your call on my cell, odds are pretty darn good that it's just lost somewhere in the dark depths of my purse.
There's also the downside of having to carry things for other people. This one is always funny because it's always a small purse person (or a man - who are the worst with just their little wallets. Seriously, how they get anything done is beyond me. Men need more satchels.) who ask you to carry something for them because you have the big purse. All of a sudden you become a packhorse for other people.
What about you? Are you a big purse person? A small purse person? Are you one of those people who somehow manage to survive with just car keys, a wallet and a cell phone?