Women hit their peak for “carrying things” after childbirth. Babies require twice their bodyweight in “stuff.”
We try to pare down over the years, although it takes time to get out of the habit of planning for any contingency that might arise between the house and the supermarket. Last year (more than a quarter century since I achieved motherhood) I finally bought the smallest purse that could hold my glasses, wallet, cellphone and keys.
To go places requiring more things, I just throw the small purse into a larger one and add extras.
Reading matter is an occasional issue. I bought a Kindle to keep me stocked with books and magazines, but even that began to feel heavy in my big purse.
While doing some research on ebooks, I downloaded Kindle app onto my husband’s iPhone. When he updated and got a new one, we realized that the old one–with the Kindle app and all of my archived Kindle books on it–could still be used as a reader even though he was no longer paying fees on it.
If I forgo the huge pack of “point cards” I also tend to carry everywhere, it turns out that my brand new old iPhone ebook reader will fit nicely into my small purse.
Over New Year’s we took a short train trip. On the train we saw couples reading comic books side by side, couples playing with matching game devices, and so on. By the second day, I realized we were the couple, sitting together companionably, but completely absorbed in the separate worlds of our respective iPhones.