I bought this wallet over twenty years ago. I had just started my first real job and on my way home from my first day I stopped at a mall downtown. There was a little stationery/gift store there called Perks. I can’t remember why I bought a wallet. I think, maybe, I just felt really good about what was happening in my life and wanted to get myself a little present.
This wallet has been with me ever since. We have been through a lot together.
It was with me on the day that I was eight months pregnant and my car was totaled on the Second Narrows Bridge. It got left in the console when the ambulance came to take me to the hospital. It was still there five days later when I went to look at what was left of my car at the wreckers. A month later I had it with me when I checked into the hospital and gave birth to my son.
It was with me on the bus trip to Seattle when I met my current husband. I used it at Nordstrom that day to buy a great pair of shoes and later at FX McCrorys for drinks. I remember pulling it out to buy a beer at the basketball game that night and being told to put it away. Was he trying to get me drunk?
It hasn’t always been with me. I’ve lost it more times than I can count. The most common culprit is leaving it in the shopping cart at the grocery store. In earlier years it was usually a bar or restaurant. I seem to remember leaving it sitting in a park bench once while in a post natal haze. Or was it post divorce haze?
What’s in my wallet? Surprisingly, thirty dollars. I rarely cash cash anymore but today I do. The requisite credit cards, debit cards, health care cards and drivers license. A Starbucks card that I don’t use anymore. My library card number written on a slip of paper since I lost my card and can’t be bothered to get a new one.
Stamps. A picture I took of my husband and son in Whistler years ago. A drawing my son did when he was seven. Oh and a Pinkberry frequent buyer card.
Lastly, a small piece of paper with this quote written on it.
“There are three Cs in life. Choice, Chance and Change. You must make a Choice to take a Chance or your life will never Change.”
The stitching on the ends of the wallet is a bit frayed but the leather is strangely unmarked and the insides are still in great shape.
I guess in a way I am a bit like this wallet. Pretty well made. Seen some good times and some bad. Sometimes full and sometimes empty. Perhaps a little dated. Or should I say classic? Yet still holding it all together.
Over the years I have thought about making a change. But I always ended up staying with my tried and true friend. I’m loyal that way.
The Best Thing in Life is a really good wallet.