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Wednesday
Feb012006

You've Made Your Bed, Now Lay In It

Making the bed. Such a simple act, isn't it? Yet representative of so many things in my life, namely my state of mind.

I'm the kind of person who generally makes the bed in the morning. It's a tidy start to a new day. Smoothing out the wrinkles, pulling the covers taut, stacking pillows just so - big square ones in back, shams that match the bedspread in front.

Making one's bed is a positive gesture, a sign of mental health. It's says 'I'm facing today with conviction' or else it conveys the fact that you're pretending to face the day with conviction by going through the motions, which is really the same thing, isn't it?

I haven't made my bed for the past few days. Perhaps with The Surge on tour I don't feel obliged. I'm chalking this run up to lazy, not depression.

When the fog rolls into my head, shrouding the sun, casting the nefarious corners of my mind into shadow, the bed goes unmade. Sometimes because I remain in it for the most of the day. Other times because I pull off the quilt, wrap myself in it like a burrito and crash on the couch. With the quilt otherwise employed, the bed stays unmade.

But when I want to blow the dust off, get cracking, the first thing I do is make the bed. A made bed says KEEP OUT, go outside, face the day.

An unmade bed beckons me like the welcoming glimmer of a coffee shop on a rainy day.

I haven't made my bed yet today. If I made it, I'd just lay in it.

Reader Comments (4)

My mother never made us make our bed. So consequently I am 27 years old and I NEVER MAKE MY BED! Sometimes on Saturdays, when I am bored, I will make it, put all the pretty little pillows on it and just lay there and think how pretty it is! Then when I am toasty drunk later that night I think what a pain in the ass all these pillows, and I shove them off the bed and knock things off my nightstand! I think it best to leave the bed unmade! LOL
February 1, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterJen
I make my bed every evening when I get home. Never have time (or interest really) in the morning. I do like getting into a nicely made bed every night though, I sleep much better. Unless of course I've come home late, drunk and/or stoned, than I don't really give a f*#! and fall into it.

My question back to you is: do you simply have a duvet on top of you or do you slip under the sheets and duvet? I'm a sheets and duvet man, my girl (who I wish was in my bed every night...) is a duvet only sleeper. We had this discussion last night which made me laugh when I saw your post. I may made the switch...it does suck when you wake up in the middle of the night all tangled up in the damn sheets.
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February 1, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterEvil_Peter
Never make my bed. Only time I make it is when I put the fresh, clean sheets on it.

Like Peter though I do sleep better when it's made. I just never have the energy to do it. I too have to have the sheet to sleep under. Can't stand sleeping under just the blanket. It get's me all itchy and scratchy. Besides I like feeling the nice coolness of sheets against my legs. LOL
February 1, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterFiabug
I always make the bed in the morning. If I leave the house with it unmade I'll have a weird feeling that something is missing throughout the day, that I forgot something. Making the bed gives me a feeling of completeness. Do I need therapy?
February 1, 2006 | Unregistered Commenterbettyonthebeach

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