There is a time in life when it is extremely important to fit in. Especially for young girls. For many this manifests in having to have the right clothes, the right brands, the right accessories. If we're lucky, we grow out of it.
I was no exception when I was 12 and 13. Back then there were many items that all the cool kids carried. The one I absolutely, positively had to have, would die if I didn't, was a Dooney & Bourke purse. You remember those purses from the mid-1990s that were solid color leather with the Dooney duck logo on the side.
I had to have one. But my parents wouldn't buy me one. So I did chores and saved all my hard-earned money until I had enough. I remember going to the mall with my mom to buy my purse and how I agonized over which one to buy.
A few years later it wasn't as hard to make a decision on my second one.
This weekend John and I were waiting for a table at a restaurant that happens to be in the trendiest mall in Dallas. While waiting, I saw a young girl about 17 or so carrying a Dooney purse that was definitely from the mid-1990s. Clearly my purses are making a comeback.
I knew I kept them after all these years and through all the moves for a reason.
I guess I haven't grown out the need to fit in as much as I thought I had.