Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Precious things /7 Ballerina clutch

This particular clutch has been my constant companion for three whole years. I'd carry it all year long from casual outings to formal affairs. It has come to epitomise me. And I've worn it to rags. It was just the right size, the bronze colour of the faux leather was ideal, it went with everything. And it was so easy to care for.

That's not the real reason why I got so attached to this bag. It's the ballerina pictured in the front that had me so enthralled. I came to identify with the image. As you can see, this isn't a very good ballerina: her stocking is slipping off and one of her shoes is untied. I imagined her as a shy, slightly clumsy and not graceful at all kind of ballerina. She probably lags behind in her class, feeling very much like an ugly duckling amids beautiful, graceful swans.
I feel just like this little ballerina most of the time. Slightly klutzy, feeling lost and not fitting in with the dazzling and successful people who instinctively know what to do or say the right thing at the right time.
Even though she might not be the best at dancing, I imagine the ballerina doesn't give up. Ever. And she has a big heart and is kind to all people and animals. And she may not quote Shakespeare or other famous poets, but she does genuinely love and care for the people around her.

The purpose of this post series is to show you some of the things that surround me. This isn't about bragging in the sense of: look how many pretty expensive things I have. All of these items are important to me out of various reasons. What they all have in common is that they have come to define me and my life in some significant way. In the end it's all about the story. And I love a good story.


  1. Yep, I can totally identify with her!

  2. Not yet even 30 and you share very mature ideas!

  3. Thank you all for your sweet comments. This topic is very personal and close to my heart. I am delighted to share the ballerina story with you and to get suck a kind, understanding feedback.

  4. Like Metscan said you amaze me by your insights of life + tell a good story yourself.Ida

  5. Thanks Ida, your comment made me smile.