Many of you already know I enjoy weird purses. The weirder the better. One of my favorite purses is my chicken purse. It looks like a big fat chicken. Its made of pleather and has lovely markings on it. It was love at first sight. I was pretty sure that nobody else in Billings would have one of these.
I have noticed that when I carry my chicken it turns heads. That can be a fun thing. Yet, it does get old when people shriek, “Cathy! Look at that purse. Do you see that purse? Is that a chicken? What do you think it is??!” Then they talk among themselves trying to figure out if it’s a purse, why would I be carrying it, etc. I’m not deaf. I can hear you shriek about it. Ask me and I will bore you with the details. If you don’t say anything to me about it, I’ll just keep doing what I’m doing.
Yesterday while I was at a rummage sale this happened. I was going on my merry way looking at some scrapbook stuff. All of a sudden a woman shrieked and giggled about my purse. She sent a kid into the house to get her mom to look at my purse. They they murmured amongst themselves about the purse. I kept looking at stuff. Finally, the lady they pulled out of the house come over to me and asked me, “Do you like chickens?” I chuckled and told her not particularly, but I loved the purse. She wanted to see it up close, so I showed it off to her. Suggested that she touch it, which made her giggle. She told me that she was sure nobody else in town had a purse like that. I agreed and told her that was why I liked it. We talked a bit more about purses and I went on my way.
Later I went to Sam’s Club to pick up some cold medicine for us. Several people stopped me to ask about my purse. That was great. As I was getting ready to leave, I heard another shrieker. “Tom!! OH MY GOD! Do you see her purse?! It’s a chicken? Why do you suppose she is carrying a chicken?!” Now why on earth would Tom know any of those questions? Why would Tom care? She never said a word to me, just kept shrieking about the purse. *shrug*
I’m the type of person to stop people and tell them how much I like something they are carrying or wearing. Sometimes I think that is the only kind word that was said to them all day. If I see something that catches my eye I will be sure to let folks know. For example, one day I saw this plus size gal wearing the most unusual orange top and orange shoes. I thought they looked great! I made sure to tell her so. She started to tear up a bit and Thanked me. Turns out her morning didn’t start out so well and when I said something she was pretty happy to have a positive note in her morning. It was so simple, but it made her day and mine as well.
My goal is to try to tell at least one person a day something positive. It could be I like their perfume, their purse, a piece of jewelry, etc. If I notice it, I want them to know that. We all carry or wear things to make ourselves feel better. Its nice when someone takes the time to notice.
It’s a simple thing to do. Try it sometime. Instead of just thinking to yourself that you like something, tell the person who is actually carrying/wearing it. You might be surprised at the reaction you get. It also might be the only kind word they get that day.
Have a great Sunday!