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Wednesday, June 3, 2015

The Marriage Bed...An Obituary

GOTCHA!
Forty-three years ago the first bed was made.  Although we have changed beds through the years for some reason it has been a battle for poor Hubby.

Our first bed was my hand-me-down from my child hood.  It was a fine old iron bedstead that passed through generations.  It had the drop springs and a cotton tick mattress.  Our first purchase after we married was a new mattress and box springs (paid off by the monthly honor system).  We had to cut slats to keep the new set from falling through the frame. When we had company I was so proud of the new set that I would rip the bed clothes off to show my mattress.

As life went on the mattress went through the birth and young years of two children, we decided to upgrade to a Queen sized bed.  Hog heaven!  Room to move!

Hubby had no problems with these changes.  He enjoyed them however when it came time to change our Queen to a newer mattress the trouble began.  Hubby tossed and turned and pulled the fitted sheet off during the night and declared "We are never changing mattresses again!"  It took him a week before he could sleep.

The next change was necessary.  The box springs had broken (shhh, don't tell, I jumped on the bed with grandchildren) and no matter how often we turned the mattress there were permanent lumps in the bed.  Soooo here we go again.  Hubby laid on every bed in the store and finally, grudgingly chose a mattress.  It was another week of tossing, turning, flopping and not sleeping until he broke this bed in to suit his needs.

As we grew our bed shrunk.  So I started talking new bed.  No Way!!!  Not going through that again. After really seeing how nice and large a King was he seriously considered a new purchase.  The anticipation of his legs no longer hanging off the end of the bed finally changed his mind.  He bit the bullet and bought a new King.   It was wonderful...after his standard week of adjustment.

The last mattress we purchased still lays good and when I speak of it being time to change the mattress again Hubby runs backwards.  No way was he ever changing the mattress again!

I guess I said all that to say this:  Although we have gone through many mattresses we still are together.  A true testament to love that he endured the pain of changing a mattress...just for me.  He also holds my hair out of the way while I puke!  Now that's true love!

Happy Anniversary, Hubby!

24 comments:

Buttons Thoughts said...

Happy Anniversary you two:) Oh I like this story. Hug B

eileeninmd said...

Happy Anniversary to you and your hubby! Cute story!

Saucy Kodz said...

A charming story indeed and congratulations on your upgrades -sleep for hubby. Happy Anniversary to you both. Thank you for the light and stories you beam my way. lol n H to M :)

Bethany Carson said...

Happy anniversary! May God bless you both!

Lynne said...

Loved the mattress stories . . .
Happy Anniversary you two!

Sandra said...

love this story. Happy happy anniversary... i am just like Den, every time we change a mattress i can't sleep. but mine takes more than a week, the last one took a couple of months. our first bed was on the floor, we used boat cushions off his boat to sleep on the first 3 nights. he had an old brass bed, we went to Goodwill and bought a double mattrees spirngs for 99.00... NOT good sleeping. a year later, i complained bitterly and he had a 64 Cadillac in the garage, we had 3 cars we drove, it was sitting there being collected. he agreed to sell it and we bought a brand new kingsized bed.. woo hoo. loved that bed and it lasted for 15 years. we have had 2 mattress since then, the second on lasted only 8 years. i do so hate buying a new bed.

ellen abbott said...

happy anniversary. I don't blame him. how are you supposed to pick a mattress after laying on it in your clothes in the store for 5 minutes.

Farm Girl said...

How sweet. I love all of the different stories with each mattress. We go through it every single time too. My husband is the same way. I could I think sleep on a bed of nails and never know it.
How nice you finally got a King bed frame.
I do love mine, well except buying bedding. :)

Linda Wildenstein said...

What a great story about the bed. What an even better tale of a marriage that has endured. Congratulations and Happy Anniversary. xoxo Linda

TexWisGirl said...

a very happy anniversary to you!!!

(i detest getting a new mattress. i chose a pillow-top the last time and hate it! that commercial that says, 'did you make an 8 yr mistake?' yeah, i did...) :)

Far Side of Fifty said...

Happy Anniversary! We have a horrid mattress now, it is so hard...I hate it and can sleep there only a couple of hours:)

Lowcarb team member said...

Gail - what a lovely post. A great read.

Happy Anniversary Wishes to you and Hubby.

All the best Jan

Sketching with Dogs said...

That is quite a history your beds have had.
Happy Anniversary to you both!
Hope you have a wonderful day.
Lynne x

Karen S. said...

Yep, I totally agree, especially with the last part yours is a true love happily ever after kind of marriage! Happy marriedness to you both!

Sandy said...

Happy Anniversary you two!!!!
We hated getting new mattresses ourselves, then we made a purchase of a springless mattress. A tempurpedic bed, it will be our last because were still paying for it. It was an investment we both are still enjoying. I can jump on this bed and hubby doesn't even feel it.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Happy anniversary! Forty-three years is impressive.
Sometimes those mattresses just have to go.

McGuffy Ann Morris said...

Happy Anniversary. Bill and I celebrate 34 years on June 6th. He will be home next weekend, so we will celebrate then. We met 38 years ago this Summer. I cannot imagine life without him.

Gorges Smythe said...

Happy anniversary!

Lynda R Young said...

Happy anniversary!!!

Linda Kay said...

Happy Anniversary, Gail....such a fun story of the bed and mattress and your lovely hubby.

1st Man said...

What a wonderful story to share on your anniversary! Cute! Happy Anniversary to you both!!!

LindaG said...

Hubby usually picks the mattress. We had one mattress in NC for years and years. We loved it and loved that it remembered us!
Until we learned that many back problems were caused by old mattresses. It was hard to say goodbye to that one.
We've had King beds for a long time. We thought of downsizing to a Queen, but then we remember how much trouble we have sleeping in hotel beds and so we still have a king size bed.
Enjoy!
And happy anniversary! ♥

gld said...

Happy anniversary! We have l0 years on you!
Funny story about the mattresses. Mine can sleep anywhere, especially his recliner.

Holding your hair......its those little things that mean so much.

M.E. Masterson said...

Oh Gail you have a way with words that makes a person giggle!
I want to upgrade to a king and I get nope! But I think we will end up with a king anyhow!

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