My little black bag

Dress: H&M, Bag: H&M, Ankle boots: Stravers Shoes (previous season)

Don’t you just love this little black bag? It is small enough to fit my posture and to accompany feminine outfits, yet large enough to offer the necessary place for my essentials and cool enough to accompany leisurely outfits too. I just adore it as you can imagine.

For the above photo I have hung my little black bag on a tree. This way it gets all the attention it deserves and it is a great photo for the following short story: What’s in a bag?

What’s in a bag?

Friends of mine have bought an old farmhouse that needed lots of work before they could move in. They had hired a carpenter to help them restore that old farmhouse. The first day the carpenter started his work was a rough one. A flat tire made him lose an hour of work, his electric saw quit, and then his ancient car refused to start. One of my friends drove him home and the carpenter sat in stony silence next to him.

On arriving, the carpenter invited my friend in to meet his family. As they walked toward the front door, the carpenter paused briefly at a small tree, touching the tips of the branches with both hands. When opening the door he underwent an amazing transformation. He was beaming, smiling from ear to ear, he bear-hugged his two small children and gave his wife a passionate kiss.

My friend was surprised to see the change, but said nothing. As the carpenter walked my friend back to his car and they passed the tree, my friend’s curiosity got the better of him and he asked the carpenter about what he had seen him do earlier.

“Oh, that’s my trouble tree,” the carpenter replied.” I know I can’t help having troubles on the job, but one thing’s for sure: troubles don’t belong in the house with my wife and the children. So I just hang them on the tree every night when I come home. Then in the morning I pick them up again.”

He paused.

“Funny thing is,” he smiled, “when I come out in the morning to pick them up, there aren’t nearly as many as I remember hanging up the night before.”

A small gesture with huge effects

Like there is more behind Juliet’s simple question ‘What’s in a name?’ there is more behind the simple question ‘What’s in a bag?’. I am sure you love this story and whenever you have had a rough day at work, remember the carpenter’s tree and how to make use of it. It has more than once proven to be the right thing for me to do. How about you?



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