...because today, my very first Hermes handbag arrived, delivered by the nicest FedEx person, lovingly sent from tPF's Shopmom411. For ten years, I have dreamed of owning an Hermes bag. My obsession started with the Kelly, then shifted to the Birkin, and is now back to the Kelly. For years, I read up on Hermes, debated whether or not to start an "Hermes" savings account. Talked to my husband about it; told him, one day I would own something Hermes. He laughed, but knew I was serious and always supported me. This year has been marked with a few life-changing events: my wedding in March to the love of my life, the passing of my dear sister in July, a huge professional success in November, which was the culmination of two years worth of work, and now yes, (I am lumping my Hermes acquisition into this "life-changing" category) the purchase of my very first Kelly bag. With the unexpected passing of my sister, she was thoughtful enough to leave some money to me and my younger sister. My husband and I talked for weeks about what to do with the money. Together we decided to invest most of it and put aside a small portion so I could do what I have always wanted to do: invest in a little piece of cultural history. And thanks to Shopmom, I did it. I got a 2002 32CM Chocolate Brown Mou Sellier Kelly in Togo with gold hardware. I debated about this bag, wasn't sure I liked the "Mou" part of the bag. Shopmom was incredibly patient with me and even gave me priority over someone else who was interested in it. In the end, I decided I wanted a "casual" Kelly. I want to carry it every day. I wanted something durable. So, on Saturday, I did it. And today, this morning, it arrived, even more beautiful than I imagined. I was so nervous about opening it, I actually left it on my dining room table, walking by it now and then. I waited like an hour!! LOL!! Anyway, I am sorry for going on and on like this, but I just had to share the incredible experiences that led up to this amazing acquisition. Thank you purse forum for giving me a chance to make my dream come true...thank you Shopmom for being an incredibly kind and generous person. I am sooo excited to carry this bag. And I will definitely post pictures soon.