Isobel has never had that one stuffed animal that she loved above all else, nor has she ever had a particular affinity for any of her blankets or baby toys. She hasn’t had a security item in the traditional sense, bu her constant companion since she was about a year old has been the Pink Purse.
Currently we’re in the third incarnation of the Pink Purse (or as she calls them, the Kitten Purse, the Prize Purse, and the Hello Kitty Purse) but she keeps skipping purse #3 in favor of purse #2. As you can tell from the photo above it’s seen better days than when she first unwrapped it from its package on her third birthday. The handles are just about worn through and I’m afraid of how she’ll react once they finally give. Pink Purse #1, Terminator Kitten Purse, has been retired to a safe place deep in my closet where I will keep it forever and ever.
What does she keep in her pink purse? How about what doesn’t she keep in her Pink Purse? It’s very much like a clown car or a bag of holding. You can pretty reliably find a vast array of fake food, sparkling jewels and necklaces, small toys, a hair brush, a mirror, and if you looked in there about six months ago you’d find a jar of corn starch that she snatched from my pantry and lovingly adorned with heart stickers. She used to love that jar of corn starch for reasons that are beyond me. You could always tell when she had it with her, though, because her purse grew so heavy it probably counted as a concealed weapon in parts of the country.
The photo above is what happened when we were visiting Jake and Ben in Sacramento and she turned to me and said, “Ha ha, Mama, guess what! I have peanut butter in here!” She didn’t actually (thank the sweet babby jesus) but she did steal a package of jelly from the diner we ate at for breakfast and it had burst everywhere all over her hoard. It missed the two giant stuffed felt pieces of cake somehow but it got all over everything else, so I had to spend the first twenty minutes at Ben’s sink cleaning sticky bits off of each and every toy you see in the photo above.
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