Let the Pen Case Tell You Where It’s Been
Here’s a snap of my daily arsenal, pared down for the summer. It still requires a home in one of my Beast of Burden handbags and lately I’ve been favoring a rugged oversize black leather Steve Madden satchel with braided straps, which is substantial enough for the daily arsenal and my laptop. The additional cross body strap is a great purse snatching deterrent. Though to be honest, any would-be purse snatcher would get more boob than purse and ultimately a hardy, “That’s my purse. I don’t know yew!” coupled with a knee, elbow or fist to the groin. Or you know, I’ll just give up the damn purse. It all depends on the circumstances. I’m still carrying around way too many writing instruments, a condition, which has no known cure or treatment. I also have started carrying one brand new pen with me at all times, after an unfortunate experience where all the pens in my possession ran dry. Coincidentally, early that day I had just pronounced some pen my “favorite” without the qualifier one of. Bad idea jeans, people. Nothing dries up the pens faster than publicly admitting to a favorite. Don’t do it. Not even on a dare. Also, a reader emailed asking about the books I carry with me. Currently, I’m carrying I Am the Cheese and The Chocolate War, both by late, great YA novelist Roger Cormier. Keeping those company is the Richard Peck YA classic Father Figure. All of these works are repeat offenders and highly recommended. In honor of my watch – Disney’s Pocahontas – here’s some Vanessa Williams for you. “Colors of the Wind” also inspired the post. If colonialism has a soundtrack, I suppose this would be the title track.