The bed had lots of covers. There were the flannel sheets and at least six homemade quilts. My mother made those quilts by hand. She used fabric from discarded dresses, curtains and so forth. Then the fabric was cut into little squares and sewed together. For a lining she sewed in old army blankets or sometimes cotton from rolls. Now this was warmth. Once you got into bed and found a comfy spot that is where you stayed for the night. There was not much tossing about because the covers were so heavy it was difficult to turn over. Then of course there was the problem of keeping one’s nose warm. In order to breathe it had to come out from under those covers. I can even remember wearing a cover over my head which helped keep the ears warm.
Today quilting is a hobby. There are quilts in the department stores with beautiful designs and colors. If one chooses to have cotton sheets those can be purchased also but are much different from the old days. Now they are smooth and fit the bed tightly. Back in the day each morning it was an ordeal picking little cotton balls off ones flannel nighties after arising.
Now we turn the thermostat just to the right temperature. The ladies deck out in silky sexy attire and they even have those silky pajamas for men. For true warmth there are electric blankets with his and hers separate controls on them. Even the family dog has a fancy cozy sleeping bed of its own.
If you still have a bed partner there is something that still hasn’t changed; COLD FEET! Cold feet are just cold feet. Now I don’t have a partner so I really don’t have to be concerned with that today but I still haven’t forgotten. Back in my early first marriage I headed for bed ready to sleep. Then here he came and over came those COLD FEET. Now much later in life with the nice heated blankets and temperature controlled bedrooms here he came with those same icicle COLD FEET.
So the bottom line to this story is just this. If you have a partner at any time in life that you still sleep with make ABSOLUTELY SURE that there are nice warm HIS and HERS socks for those Cold feet. After all they can be removed when the body temperatures start to rise. If you are a house hold of one like me, just jump in the bed drift off to sleep and thank the lucky stars that you don’t have to get that shocker coming your way of the COLD FEET.
Originally posted 2010-12-26 17:28:23.