I saw this ad in the newspaper, and I was uncontrollably drawn to it. I cut it out – just in case. Can you guess what caught my attention?
I can usually control myself when it comes to shopping. In fact, as I’ve grown older, I mostly dread shopping. I go to the store when there is something I absolutely must have.
However, there is one type of merchandise that receives its own automatic alert before I even enter a store. Somehow – and I think this must be some kind of voodoo – the merchandise can feel my presence. As soon as I set foot inside the store, I see a blinding light, I hear enchanting singing voices calling, and I feel the earth move under my feet as I am magically transported to ‘that’ section of the store.
(Oooops! Song interlude.)
And then I see them. My breathing quickens. My heart skips. My eyes widen. And my mouth spontaneously forms into a perfect “O”
. . . as I behold. . . the tote bags!
I can hear you laughing. . .
I know what you’re thinking. What a ridiculous obsession! Maybe – maybe not.
Here are reasons I collect tote bags:
- There are portions of my life that I need with me (close to me and not in a suitcase) when I go out of town – like camera, book, cell phone charger, etc. A tote bag is the perfect carry-all.
- When I participate in an activity like acting, directing, teaching, I need a place to keep scripts, or music, or notes, or whatever.
- When I finish an activity, I need a place to store scripts, etc. so I can remember where they are – I can visually associate a particular activity with the tote bag used (Hey! I need all the memory tricks I can come up with).
- I like them!
Here are three of my many tote bags.
The one on the left is a tote bag I bought in Middletown, Virginia when I appeared in a play and a musical at the Wayside Theatre one summer. It says “Wayside Theatre.”
The one in front is a tote bag that was on special a couple of years ago at an Old Navy clothing store.
The one on the right called to me as I was passing an airport gift shop. I could not resist the giraffes! And I love the shoulder strap.
Now. . . back to the ad.
Isn’t that the cutest tote bag?!? And orange is one of my favorite colors!
What’s that? Do you hear music? The voices are so beautiful! “Dawn-n-n. . .