making the bed

i dont understand this phrase
 no really
 i dont 

let me tell you
 when i was growing up 
we didnt have flat sheets
 i didnt know what a flat sheet was

 ok
 i did 
but
 i thought
 it was a sheet 
with ends tucked in on all sides

 a fitted sheet was a lot less work
 i am all for a lot less work

 my mother made the beds
 if she left if to us
 my sister and i 
it was likely
 we smoothed the blankets
putting the pillows on top

 our blankets 
both winter and summer
 were encased in blanket covers 
similar
but
 not at all like duvet covers
they were zippered at one end
 the blanket
 was
 inside it 

we had blanket covers in different colors
to match the sheets and pillow cases 

i am not sure when the last of my blanket covers died
 or 
when we
 my husband and i
 began using flat sheets

 i do know
 that 
every time
 i am present
 when my husband makes the bed 
i never make the bed really i dont see the point
he complains
the flat sheet is too long

 yesterday
 instead of ignoring him
 i said:
 i dont know from flat sheets
 i never had flat sheets 
i dont understand the purpose of a flat sheet
 but
 i do know
 that its extra long
 because
 the bottom gets annoyingly tucked in 
making something called hospital corners
tho not on my side oh no if my side is tucked in i must untuck it or i feel trapped
 the top gets folded over the blanket
 making a sort of
 i am not even sure what the word for it is
 is there a word for it 
i am sure there is

 i said to him:
 i do not get the point of a flat sheet

 he said:
 its so the blanket doesn't touch your skin

 touch skin?
 most people wear pjs 
i used to sleep in the nude
 now i sleep in a t-shirt
 unless
 i am sleeping in a bed other than my own 
as in visiting a friend's home or staying in/at a hotel

really
i think this top sheet thing falls into the 
'why is this still a thing'

if i could find blanket covers
we'd never have a flat sheet
discussion again




7 comments:

  1. I suppose the flat sheet helps protect your blanket...so it doesn't get as much wear as the frequently laundered sheet! I HATE making the bed...our flat sheet isn't long enough for our king size bed. But these white sheets are my favorite sheets. And I like the bedding tucked into the bottom of the bed. :-) It's very annoying to realize that I've kicked out that flat sheet and the blanket during the night. "Different stroke for different folks." I learned with kids that comforters for all seasons are the best. Just pull them up over the bed and don't worry about a top sheet.

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  2. Made me laugh Daryl :) Another thing you and Aimee have in common, she's never had a flat sheet :)

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  3. Sometimes you don't want a blanket but still want something over you....that would be the flat sheet. I want mine tucked in and feel uncomfortable if it becomes untucked. I don't want to have to fuss during the night if my feet begin to stick out from under the covers. Aren't we all such particular people when it comes to sleep habits?

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  4. What would you call it? A bib fold comes to mind... LOL Death to flat sheets! Never had them, never will. I'm a quilt girl all the way. Big. fluffy feather duvets in thick, heavy down for winter and thin light fluff for summer. Oh, and also have two twin duvets on our king size. That way we both sleep well without turning over and pulling on bed sheets and such and disturbing each other.Can't be having having with that!

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  5. Meanwhile, I see the cats could care less either way!

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  6. Oh my goodness, how you make me smile!!! :-)
    xo.

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