Other women's handbags.
Some thing’s in life are sacred but the one thing that's taboo, is another woman's handbag it's something you never view.
It is one of life's mysteries, where you must never look. We all know the rules of handbags, it's not written in a book.
There are secret small compartments with ancient tubes and potions. And a lip balm from the 90's and anti ageing lotion.
There are little packs of tissues we all keep just in case. and a vintage panty liner that you never have replaced.
There's a useful sticky plaster in case you get a blister, and a compact and a mirror a present from your sister.
There are secret heaps of tablets for headaches and the wind. They are ten years past their sell by and they really should be binned.
And then there are the vouchers to collect those extra points. Or fifty pence off bacon, potatoes or lamb joints.
There is half a pack of tic tacs, a few elderly receipts. A forgotten chewy toffee that you'd put in as a treat.
There's a tiny pocket diary with a leaky sticky pen. (In case you need some paper to write that note to Ben).
The great big bunch of car keys always vanish out of sight. Then you have to tip your bag out and give yourself a fright.
And what about that tampon kept in a zipped up pocket, that's got out of it's wrapping and is stuck around a locket.
The purse sits in the middle with a card from every store. Trying to find the right one is one step away from war.
There's a fiver for emergency’s, but you can't remember where. And a ticket from a concert that you went to for a dare.
The Money for the car park gets through an unseen hole, and you have to search the lining like a desperate little mole.
And if somebody ever asks you to look inside their bag, you'll never ever do it however much they nag.
Because somehow they are sacred, it's not something you can touch be it shoulder bag or satchel carry case or a clutch.
And some women are tidy and just keep a purse and phone but another woman's handbag is a no go danger zone. Jan Millward©