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Karen Wang
BY Karen Wang

A Sneak Peek Inside A Special Needs Mom’s Purse

It’s very entertaining to sit on my living room floor at night and clean out my purse.  I never really know what I’m going to find in there, and I always find something that I had thought lost.

It’s even more entertaining when my purse accidentally gets dumped out in public, which happens rather often.  Inevitably, the contents of my purse mark me as the mother of a child with special needs.  It’s better to laugh about it than to get upset – but I admit it’s a little embarrassing to have the following items scattered on the sidewalk in front of strangers:

Here is what is in my purse:

  1. 3 ballpoint pens, 6 crayons and 2 pencils
  2. Epi Pen Junior and a bottle of liquid Benadryl in a ziploc bag
  3. A green Hot Wheels monster truck and a green Hot Wheels Lamborghini
  4. 12 tickets to the PTA quilt raffle
  5. A half-finished math puzzle page and craft project
  6. Appointment cards from 7 different doctors and therapists
  7. A 2-year calendar stuffed with business cards from more doctors and a Friendship Circle schedule
  8. A box of raisins, a nut-free granola bar, 2 cinnamon Metamucil cookies and 3 ziploc bags of sunflower seeds
  9. A heavily worn prayer book
  10. 2 hair bands, a hair clip, 3 barrettes and a pony tail holder – my hair keeps getting pulled loose by little hands!
  11. A used fork
  12. A tiny bottle of Be Calm essential oil blend (chamomile, lavender and ylang ylang)
  13. A vibrating hand-held massager
  14. A pine cone – it was so pretty, we had to bring it home
  15. A packet of tissues, a packet of wet wipes and a ziploc bag of feminine hygiene products
  16. 17 receipts from stores and 2 receipts from doctor’s offices
  17. Coupons for the vitamin store
  18. My son’s prescription for new eyeglasses that I haven’t had time to order
  19. Red spiral notebook for questions and ideas, stuffed with flyers from various events and random photos
  20. 3 sets of sunglasses and 3 pairs of gloves in small, medium and large
  21. Chewed-up gum wrapped in tissue – my son asked his friend to spit it out because the smell was making him gag – we were sitting close together and there was no trash can nearby, so I stashed it in my purse!
  22. The No-Cry Discipline Solution” by Elizabeth Pantley – I forgot to return it to the library today
  23. 2 bills that I forgot to mail yesterday
  24. Lip balm with the label completely peeled off
  25. And there at the bottom: my wallet, cell phone and keys

Now That My Purse Is Empty…. what’s in your bag?

Karen Wang

Written on January 10, 2013 by:

Karen Wang is a Friendship Circle parent. You may have seen her sneaking into the volunteer lounge for ice cream or being pushed into the cheese pit by laughing children. She is a contributing author to the anthology "My Baby Rides the Short Bus: The Unabashedly Human Experience of Raising Kids With Disabilities"
  • Penny

    I have a pack of band-aids in addition to a lot of the things you mention.

  • chargers!!! (ipod/iphone/ipad) don’t leave home without them!

    wheat free/dairy free fig newmans spiked with deplin

    digestive enzymes
    tofu cubed in a plastic bag
    green smoothie in bpc free cup
    bottle of water

    traveling buddha
    (isn’t that what everybody keeps in their purse?)

    • Lindse

      What music do your kids like?

  • Too funny! Sounds similar to my purse…add a travelling pharmacy, lego mini figures, and a couple of little bears that keep him entertained in a pinch!

  • Christine Hille

    I have my coupon holder, a mini backpack of band-aids, a rock etched with PEACE on it from my daughter, gum, a realtors card which I have been meaning to give to my friend for about a month now, phone charger, many tissues, many hair clips, hand moisturizer, more personal hygiene items than you can count this week because they are in demand.. next week they will be out.. lol. In my car I have dozens of books that I grab to take with us anywhere. He must have his DS and/or his leappad games.. and love audio books too but he last few don’t fit in may bag so I am always carrying more than one bag.. Lately I put it in his backpack for him to carry his stuff he seems to really like that plus it is heavy so it give him sensory stimulation!!

  • Three packets of Pumpkin Pie Poptarts
    A baggie of Cheerios
    Non-breakable mirror
    Teddy bear flashlight
    3 diapers
    pack of wipes
    pack of wet wipes
    4 broken rubber bands
    6 pens, only 2 caps
    Matchbox cars galor
    the letter Q

    A broken, half eaten green crayon

  • The vibrating massager may be a little embarressing – but otherwise, I think all of you just sound like well-prepared moms! 😉

  • LoveThatMax

    I am one of those moms who NEVER has tissues! I also have an EpiPen, and Diastat (in case of seizures). Plus disposable bibs because Max makes quite the mess when he eats. And the occasional Lightning McQueen car.

  • Gina Badalaty

    My overstuffed wallet
    My phone
    compact mirror which is really for my kids
    a few small random toys
    makeup (only place its safe)
    baby wipes
    receipts (great toys apparently)
    probiotics if we’re going to eat

  • Wallet
    Hair ties
    PRN meds
    Peppermint & Peace and calming essential oils
    small notebook
    tic tacs
    lip glossy
    small brush
    .I often joke I have everything but the Kitchen sink

  • Misty MeetTheCottons

    love it. just wonder how big that purse is and what does it weigh?!

  • My sister and I pick cause my purse goes from the weight of a cat to the weight of an “elephant”. And I just got a smaller one but it weights more now than when I carried the “summer” bag that carried eveything. I stuff shirts and coats in mine. Can never find “my” stuff.

  • don’t carry a purse anymore i just carry a diaperbag


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