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Friday, December 07, 2007


Land of the Giants

My husband and I are soul mates. We also take completely opposite ways to come up with solutions to anything that happens to us in our lives.

While I, the former pre-school teacher, use my college training class method of K-I-S-S (keep it simple, silly), my husband comes up with the most time consuming and detailed methods he can possibly dream up.

A few weeks ago my wonderful significant other was shopping with our daughter and grandson and found us a new bed set. You know the kind: dust ruffle, comforter, shams and decorative pillows. We had been in need of such an item for, well, let's leave it at a very long time.

It's a very nice set. Since it was in a clearance bin, he purchased it for a song-a real bargain. He wanted to surprise me. So as soon as I walked in from the day job, he made me close my eyes and he guided me into our bedroom.

I was quite pleased-but a bit taken aback by how massive our queen-sized bed appeared. Being a mere 5'1-1/2", I already had to sort of boost myself up onto the mattress. Now, the bed started at the floor (duh)and stopped at my waist!

Being the curious type-I asked why we suddenly had a resting place right out of "The Princess and the Pea"?

His answer: "The dust ruffle was too long. I had to go to Depot and buy bed frame extenders, so it wouldn't drag on the floor". 6" worth! This wasn't were it ended either. Oh noooo....

He then realized that he had to raise the headboard, the picture just above it and last but not least (or piece de resistance, if you'd rather)he built extensions to our nightstands. Then came the "sad" part-he told me he was going to leave the TV stand and the bureau on the other half of the room at its original height.


Next question-did the "extenders" include a step ladder? No, but my darling did realize that having a "height-challenged" wife meant he'd have to purchase one. Then he proudly took me to my side of the bed and "ta-da'd" my gift. "Go ahead honey, give it a try". I did, it works.

Let's just hope I never wake up and forget it's there. If I do, we could be headed back in time to what we refer to as "the broken foot incident". I'm still on the mend from that experience. It's been 15 months now.

I totalled up the extras to the new bed set: $150.00

Now I would have handled it completely different. If I had found the bargain bed set and saw that the dust ruffle was 6" too long, I would have taken it to my dad, the retired upholsterer and had him hem up the darn thing. Yes, I would have had to wait a couple of weeks, but heck, what's time?

That's why our marriage is so strong-my husband is a dear, I love him with all my heart and he makes me laugh. He loves me, because I think the thought he put behind our "Land of the Giants" bedroom is worth every penny he added to his shopping spree.

We have to buy a ladder to our queen-sized bed too, but for our aging mutt who no longer can hop up on the bed after his midnight house patrol. Scratch, scratch, scratch. Then my wife has to fumble in the dark to find him and put him up with us. Ten minutes later, he usually jumps down and crawls under the bed to sleep anyway.

It's wonderful though that your husband can surprise you with something like that. I wouldn't dare try to buy any furniture without extensive consultation with the missus.

Glad you weren't there to witness all the front page news in Omaha. I had to come back to check to make sure you weren't there.
What a hoot!!! Carine, he's definitely a thoughtful hubby.... and what a cute way of thinking things through.
Thanks for sharing!!!!

My parents raised their bed up like that. My mom is also a tiny woman. She just turned 83.
They raised their bed because the dog, who was also becoming elderly liked to crawl under the bed to sleep....They didn't want it to be so hard for him.
I chuckle every time I walk past their bedroom...... The dog has been dead for years but the bed is still on risers. Turns out that they like it like that!

Ruthy from Womans Day Walking Club
wife of Jonathan
:) Vive la difference !!!
Dave, we too have an aging furry baby-who has now taken up crying at the foot of the bed, while our cat cries at her to come up. Bad thing is that she's 66 pounds of love and we can't get her to try the step stool. We feel so bad...
No, turns out I missed the excitement at the mall by a couple of hours-I'll write about my trip next week though.
yes, hubby is very thoughtful Ruthy/Jonathon. He's also very unaware that I share so much of our relationship here-I think he'd like it and be shy at the same time!
Annie, that' what makes the world go round! Hope you're feeling better today!
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