For almost every day for the past eleven years, I’ve carried the same, large leather bag. It has accompanied me to 14 countries, crossing borders, oceans, continents, and times zones. My constant companion, weathering the love and loss of friends and lovers, it looks no worse for wear.
When I recently met an ex-fiancé for coffee, the first words out of his mouth were: “Are you still carrying that bag?”
“Yep!” I replied. “It has proven to be a much better investment than most boyfriends, and it has certainly lasted longer!”