There’s nothing like my bed. When the
pillows are arranged and I dive under the duvet, ready for an evening of
writing and reading, it’s bliss. One of those moments when it’s impossible to
deny that life is wonderful. To think that it’s a habit to go to bed. Every
evening ends with a quiet time. My laptop and pad are ready for my thoughts.
Even the most inane ones. What more does a person need?
The frustrations – the daily frustrations
disappear. It’s time to snuggle and take delight in simple pleasures as above.
True, this isn’t the only use that a bed provides. Let me not digress. Yes, let
me. A bed is for sleeping, right? False. A bed is also for sleeping. It is for quiet talks at the end of the day — if
one has somebody to share intimate thoughts with. It’s for passionate
love-making – if one gets there and doesn’t resort to the floor or a kitchen
table. Beds are far superior though.
Beds are for building caves with blankets
and duvets and pillows, or for staging pillow fights. The last idea may not
always be appropriate. On the other hand, beds are versatile. They may not be
the best site for extensive breakfasts, especially because of the crumbs. A cup
of tea or coffee works, if one doesn’t spill it. Film viewing? Sure thing.
Telly? Not for me. My preference is settling down for a writing session. A few
cars pass, or a couple of girls chatter. Then the street-noise calms. The flat
is darkened except for a small table lamp beside my bed. My feet get warm and
my mind soars. What will be my theme tonight? Will it be a rant, a short story,
musings about my work in progress? It all depends on what’s uppermost in my
Sometimes, it’s just a blow by blow account
of the day. Not so interesting, but probably practical. It’s difficult to
remember when certain affairs started or ended if one doesn’t write them down.
The best moments happen when a sudden idea develops. Beds are fertile for busy
minds. Or is it the other way round? Can beds make busy minds fertile? That
makes sense. If they (the beds) also help procreation – that’s another matter
altogether. That is, if procreation doesn’t take over and decide to pounce, negating
That was a digression. Back to bed. My bed.
Warm and snug. The ultimate in cosiness. The helping hand for crying over spilt
milk. There’s nothing like the comfort a bed offers a saddened heart. Yet, a
bed can become your worst adversary. The enemy that won’t let you be
comfortable. The lair for bogeymen. They prefer living under the bed though.
Mostly, they’re easily scared away. Just turn on the light and they disappear.
Have I forgotten something? Naturally. Beds
are dream machines. Everything is possible in a bed. You can fly — and there’s
no need for fairy dust. Just close your eyes and soar. In dreams, you can be a
hero or a victim. You can have the entire spectrum. Want to experience being a
spy? Try a dream. Want to laze your time away in a flower meadow? Nothing is
easier. Want to get lost in a mysterious house that grows new rooms as you
roam? Close your eyes and find exquisite tapestries, fabulous divans, shadowy
corners, and ballrooms, candelabras, or staircases going up and down and in
circles. Careful that you don’t get dizzy. The next you know, you wake up, stretch,
and a new day begins. Alternatively, it’s still night. Ah, but that is a bonus.
That means time to start over.
Read a little, turn out the light and the
dreams wait, just around the corner of the pillow. Don’t despair if sleep
doesn’t come instantly. That gives time for reflection. Only, don’t think too
hard. Muse upon something pleasant. Take a sip of water. If necessary, take a
turn in the darkened flat. Certain yoga positions can be practised in bed.
Wiggle your toes. Arrange your pillows. Sooner or later, everything will come
together and harmony reign. If it doesn’t, don’t curse the bed. It provides the
nest, but it can’t take away your improper thoughts. Improper for creating
harmony. All other thoughts are proper.
Welcome. A bed is a kingdom in miniature.
Use it but don’t abuse it. It’ll always be ready to welcome you, give you
warmth, and a good night’s sleep. Enjoy.