Do you ever think about some of the odd habits you’ve developed over the years? Not hobbies, exactly, but things you’ve come ’round to doing that end up being a point of pride when you do them well?
For me, it’s making a comfortable bed.
I thought about this recently when we had a family member stay overnight.
We have an air mattress that I set up. Having slept on this air mattress before, I noticed that I can feel the channels in the surface of it. I’m very sensitive to lumps and bumps and twisted pajamas and blankets in bed … a regular princess-and-the-pea.
When making up the air mattress, I lay down a couple of blankets before putting on the fitted sheet in order to make the channels less obvious. I then layer on a sheet and enough blankets to make it cozy.
Thinking back, I had this comfy bed-making habit as a child, particularly when my family went tent camping. One skinny sleeping bag was not going to cut it for me laying on the hard, lumpy ground, so I’d bring extra blankets with to put underneath the sleeping bag. We did not have camping air mattresses to bring with us (they may not have been readily available then), so extra blankets were the best I could do.
When it comes to the bed my husband and I share, from the standpoint of not having many visitors to our home, there’s no real need to make the bed everyday. But, I make it anyway because a tangled bed with blankets pulled unevenly one way or another is not a comfortable way to sleep.
Hubby and I are both the guilty parties in blanket pulling. We solved the problem of not having enough blanket to cover both of us when the pulling commences by using a king-size comforter on a queen-size bed.
Do you have any habits like this that you’ve developed over the years? Some little thing that seems indicative of a larger value guiding your life? For me, that value is physical comfort, and I display that comfort through bed-making.