Changes in our lives occur more quickly than we can ever imagine. Sometimes we find ourselves in situations we never thought we would be in. Not necessarily bad situations, but life twists and turns around us so fast that we can never predict how things will end up.
For example, I remember the day I found myself trading in my little red sporty car, for a minivan – Ugh! With the third baby on the way, and by this time she was very anxious to see the outside world, I spent a long, long day at the dealership looking at non-red transportation with the capacity to take my oldest boy’s entire soccer team cross-country. As the salesman was telling me about all of the super fancy amenities that came standard on this big foreign object with four wheels, I realized at that moment I was going through a major life change. I know it sounds silly, but I had held on to that little red car as long as I could, even though I had seriously challenged its ability to support my growing family’s needs for quite some time. After three brutal hours, I was the proud new owner of a very bright minivan with more buttons than I knew how to push. By the end of the transaction, I felt like I was going to require therapy to get through this emotional transition. As I exited the dealership, I remember saying out loud “goodbye” to my little red car as I drove away, but understood that this is life and to not be a baby about it. As the family grows, the car size grows whether we like it or not – that’s the deal. I will admit however, I could see a landscape that I never knew existed sitting up so high.
Actually I avoided this life change much longer than my friends in the same situation. For instance the same week I got my new shiny bus, my friends who I hadn’t seen in a while coordinated a morning breakfast get together. As I was driving to the location, I was running a few minutes late, so I called one of my friends to let her know I was on my way. She told me to hurry up because there was only one more parking spot available between her and our other friend’s car. As I pulled into the parking lot, there it was, the only spot remaining. The funny thing about the situation was the two vehicles that I was pulling in between. On the right, was a slightly dirty duplicate of my new people pusher with a bright yellow bumper sticker reading, “I’m a proud parent of an honor roll student”. And on the left was a light blue variation with tell-tale signs of extreme use as the family’s multi-utility people/dog/landscape transporter. So I sat there parked, smiling for a few seconds, and concluded that this is all part of growing up and to be thankful that I am now a new member of the minivan club. I then joined my friends and I’m sure you can figure out what we talked about ;).
So you’re probably wondering what in the world does this have to do with fashion or handbags. Not only do women have to make changes with what they drive, but also how they dress and what they have to carry as life evolves. Once upon a time as young single girls, my friends and I had a handbag rule, almost as if we knew what was going to happen to us in the years to come. The rule was simple, it must be LITTLE! – just enough room to carry some cash, our IDs, and the car key to the sporty little ride. Over time, as our families grew and responsibilities changed, the handbag grew to accommodate our everyday needs, and eventually the motherhood thing forced us to acquire that really big bag. This thing had to be large enough to carry 3 milk bottles, 5 changes of clothing for the baby, one or two for us just in case (because the baby accident is your accident), and all the other paraphernalia like pacifiers, toys, wipes, wigs, and diapers that go with the gig and prom dresses The problem with the big bag was finding a sturdy, attractive option that was not only resilient to the demands involved, but pretty and feminine so you could still feel stylish getting in and out of your minivan. On another note, it is very important to occasionally dust off that LITTLE handbag, pay the sitter for a few hours of hard work, and spend some quality time with your other half. Big bags are not allowed for those occasions – I mean it!
As the designer of 3 Lily Pads handbags, I want to make sure you have many product options to choose from to support the many changes life throws your way.