(Hello! Just got back from a make-the-soul-happy 10 day family/friend vacation! I’m working on fun projects this week, so here’s a little storytelling while I work!)
Mattress shopping is not something you do with three boys. While other couples are lying peacefully, our children would be busy bouncing around like a trampoline park. This makes it hard to lie in place for longer than one minute, thus defeating the purpose of mattress shopping.
With our kids at their weekly park program, my husband and I took a rare opportunity to shop alone. We chose a mattress only store, and initially had the place to ourselves.
After lying in a few beds, an elderly couple walked in. I was happy to have their company, as my heart belongs to their history, story, and quiet humor. This couple was no exception.
We were lying in a fluffy pillow top bed when they arrived, listening and laughing at the soft, cheesy elevator music playing overhead. We sat up and began talking with them about the overwhelming options.
While we all agreed to NOT lay on the expensive models; we didn’t want to know the comfort we too could have for the price of a used car. We instead opted for the low-end section. They lay down in a bed close by, and I see him lay his hand on hers and say “now honey, don’t try anything.” They giggle, and already I want to take them home with me.
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We each try out a few beds, and cross paths on their way to firm, ours to plush. Pushing down on a contour bed, his wife says, “I can’t remember how long we’ve had our current mattress.” He smiles at her, “Well honey, if it helps, we’ve been married 52 years, and have had only three mattresses. (He leans in to my husband) Only the last one hasn’t seen the mileage the others did.”
Our meeting was only for 10 minutes or so, but we giggled and laughed with them, like a bunch of kids. I hated mattress shopping (leaving overwhelmed and empty handed, back to our air mattress), but left with a glimpse of 52 years of marriage.
It’s been almost 12 years for us, and I can only hope that in 40 more, we too will be hand on hand, giggling in the confines of a mattress store.