Monday, September 5, 2011

The Bed

My family is bed bound.

We didn't mean to become this way. We are all healthy and able bodied. None of us have "the vapors" or some other 19th century mental illness. None of us are depressed. Little by little though, we've all come to congregate on the bed.

We used to all spend time together in the living room. You know, because it's where we lived. We would hang out with Meg reading books and playing with toys, and then Ryan and I would sit on the couch to catch up on the "Daily Show" or just talk.

This summer changed many things though. All of Meg's books and toys got moved into her room when I redid it. We got an iPad and discovered the joys of movies and shows on demand on Netflix. We got rid of cable. And we figured out the bed is a better place for all of us for cuddle when watching a show or reading a book. Oh, and it is much easier to keep track of puzzle pieces and toys with small pieces in a smaller space (it's a queen). Even if we can't find it at the end of play time Ryan or I will find it with our feet or backs when we go to sleep.

So, here we are. It's quite cozy. There's even room for Sally and the cats. They have to be on the floor in the living room.

I still go into the living room sometimes. Mostly to assess the dog hair on the sofa and blow the dust off the mantle. Or when I finish a book and need a new one. Then I take that book and read it in bed.

I think the living room actually prefers to be empty. I mean, if rooms can have preferences. It looks better than it has in years, despite the neglect. It's all about putting on appearances for people entering the house.

The bedroom, though? It's all about the party. Oh, and the cuddling. Lots and lots of cuddling.

12 comments:

C Lo said...

aawwwwwwwwwwwww ;)

Riot Kitty said...

Good Lord, how do you all fit into a queen? The cats take up half of our king and there is little room for myself and Mr. RK!

Jen said...

Nice. I like the containment portion, especially. :)

mommyodyssey said...

That made me smile. :-)

Katie said...

Adorable. You know, I much prefer the bed to the couch, anyway. Better on the back. :)

BugginWord said...

Is there room for me, too? I'll bring brownies.

justmakingourway said...

We all squeeze on our queen too - which isn't easy. But I totally get that vibe. Friday nights after our movie night, the bed is the place for us to gorge on "America's Funnies Videos" repeats. (Don't judge!)

Granny Annie said...

You know this is fodder for a psychiatrist?

LL Cool Joe said...

Can't say we do that. Just as well really because I can't see my 16 and 12 year old, plus my partner and myself all cuddled up together in bed. :D

Jill VT said...

We just splurged and bought the "Heavenly Bed" from the Westin. King size - you could fit a whole neighborhood BBQ in there. I highly recommend. Stay horizontal.

makingmonkeysoup.com said...

Our bed is where we all end up landing, too. I have discovered that it is much easier to contain small toys, and I don't have to worry about stuff getting lost between the couch cushions. If I could just get Mea and Robin to quit eating in there it would all be fine. Crumbs of popcorn are kind of eww.

Elizabeth said...

That sounds heavenly. We just got rid of our bed (because we're nuts), but we gather on the floor now. =)