Mom purses are amazing

With every reach inside her purse, it makes me wonder.

How does she do it?

My wife’s purse is a cornucopia for everything she would need for a our 2 year old. I’m amazed how much she can stuff in there and yet it’s all neatly inside there. Plus, the purse isn’t overly big or heavy. If I had to pack that many things inside a bag I would have to carry a Hefty garbage bag over my shoulder.

Inside her purse she has everything we need for a public outing. I know I won’t be able to rundown everything she travels with but I’ll try:

Diapers, wipes, candy, fruit snacks, crayons and paper, toy cars, other plastic toys, toddler spoon and fork and crackers. There also has to be a certain toy school bus, which is the first request of our 2 year old when out and about.

Not to mention all of the things women’s purses usually have – with or without tending to children.

And she knows exactly where everything is.

When I get asked to find something in her purse I usually look for about 10 seconds, end up not finding the item requested, then I just grab her purse and bring it to her.

It seems the 2 year old is more adept at yanking stuff out of that purse than me.

For him, it’s a veritable goldmine of toys, snacks and other fun stuff to play with (Re: make a huge mess with).

I think if we were trapped for days with no connection to the outside world, we could live off the contents of my wife’s purse for a few days – getting sustenance from one small plastic Ziploc bag of goodies at a time.

The mystery of how much women can cram into their purse, yet still have it look stylish and not weigh as much as a bowling ball, will forever be confusing to me. Throw in the fact that it’s organized and she knows where everything is and it’s downright baffling to me.

The fact that mom purses are the Swiss army knife of bags is just something guys like me will never understand.

Reporter Andrew Potter is a Tuesday columnist for the Times-Republican. The views expressed in this column are personal views of the writer and don’t necessarily reflect the views of the T-R. Contact Andrew Potter at 641-753-6611 or