A book: The No. 1 thing I have in my purse is a book. I don’t go anywhere without a book. If I sit down somewhere I need to wait, I might look at my phone, but a book is much more important because I love to read.
Keys: Keys are very important.
Checks to deposit: I usually have some kind of a little check in here that I haven’t gotten to deposit.
Hairspray: Because we’re in Oklahoma.
Wallet: All my money and my credit cards [are] in it.
Checkbook: I rarely use it anymore, but it’s in there.
Hairbrush: I tie a little hair tie on it if I have to pull my hair back now that it is longer.
In my side pocket I have:
• Eye drops
• Dental floss
In other words, all the things that keep you going during the day. In the other pocket I have my hand sanitizer. My purse is very uninteresting, full of the essentials. I try to keep my purse organized.
What would you do if you did not have one of your essentials with you in an emergency situation?
If I don’t have my book, I immediately start looking around for something else to read even if it is a magazine or an old newspaper. If I’m sitting, I have been known to read over the shoulders of other people or even to read upside down ... I’m slow. I’m not really fast reading upside down, but I can.
Note: Dean Buckmaster retired Aug. 1. Thank you for your time as dean!