This thread about who carry for whom & when is both a sweet and harrowing exploration. It made me reminisce of initial days that followed immediately after my wedding. R was reticent all thru in the initial days after her marriage to me. During travel dad, mom & I we’re all leaving our spectacles & goggles with its case in custody of spouse R. Mom handed her dad’s and hers pills to R to keep it in her vanity bag. Some more items like coins, our tooth brush, combs, hair oil, and the sacred-ash, kungumum prasads received from different shrines and temples that we visited were all handed to R for safe custody. It was all due to the vogue’s attractive maroon vanity-bag that R was carrying. It was like the bag below. As we travelled from place to place, the bag with its contents getting stout and reached a stage it was bursting at its seams. With its numerous accessories and articles, spouse would retrieve it , when we demand after little rummaging. I was wondering how She could remember the corner and the room in that vanity bag to quickly lay hands on it and take it out like a magician. At one stage, we all had to climb steps to reach a particular shrine at the top of a small hill. Mom & dad leading before spouse & I, had reached the top level and disappeared from our sight. That was the moment R taken her right barefoot on to a small sharp gravel that imbalanced her and dropped herself down seated on the step. The bulging maroon vanity bag slipped her shoulder and fell down a few steps below. The bag was tight shut with butterfly wing clasp. Contents remained intact but my lady love’s leg got hurt with a tear and bleed. I attended to her foot . In a jiffy I ran down the twenty odd steps, collected the bag and back to the step where she was sitting holding her hurt foot. I could see her moist eyes and a tear dropping down her cheek. I (62 kgs) physically lifted her (48 kgs) on to my right shoulder with maroon bag on my left shoulder. In few minutes reached the top. From that day onwards till today I carry for her. She carried my heirs !