I have been in love with bunk beds since the time I saw one on ‘Diff’rent Strokes‘. Somehow it looked very adventurous and full of fun. But no I never had one. My bed was no less adventurous. It was small and it fit beneath my elder siblings beds when not in use. But still bunks seemed to be more fun.
I joined a hostel in the hope that I would get a bunk bed there at least. But no, didn’t have that much luck.
And so when my twins were born I looked forward to the day when we would have bunk beds and have lots of fun.
The day they turned four, the bunk beds came in. But were they happy….well….kind of. But not like me. I was bouncing on the mattress, running up the steps, while the boys kept on staring at me. Maybe they thought mommy had gone mad.
As soon as they left for school I would start arranging everything on them and around them. And then I would polish the bed frames till they glistened. Ahh such pride I felt at my possession.
But then boys will be boys. The fights started. ‘I want to sleep up’ said twin 1, ‘no, I want to sleep up’, said twin 2 and so on….
Finally we decided that each will sleep on the upper bed every alternative day. But was their peace, sigh…no.
You slept yesterday’, screams one.
‘No, I slept the day before, you forgot’, says the other.
The man screams, ‘you and your childhood fantasies. Now resolve the quarrel’, and stomps off. I stomp off too and climb the upper bunk leaving the two to gape at me. Let them both manage on the lower bunk.
The maid refuses to tidy the kids room. In addition to the mess in the room, she says she cannot climb the tiny steps to tidy the upper bed. And if I ask the boys to tidy themselves, well that will never happen.
It seems no one loves the bunk bed except me and so I make a resolve….
‘Listen guys, I have put an ad in Quikr’, I declare.
‘What are you selling’, the man asks.
‘The bunk, of course’, I said.
There is silence for sometime and then the man says, ‘What about your childhood fantasies?’.
‘Haven’t I grown up now’, I smile nonchalantly while it aches inside.
‘What about the additional cost of buying new beds’, he asks.
‘It will be partly financed by the sale proceedings of this sale’, I say.
‘What about the box of treasures which I had kept under the lower bunk’, twin one says.
It will find a place underneath the new beds’, I say
There is silence once again.
Then the man speaks.
‘It is not a very big room, two individual cots will make the room look even more small’.
‘But it is better than messy beds and daily fights’, I argue.
I will miss climbing up the steps and throwing the pillows down’, says twin two.
I will miss swinging from the upper bunk’, says twin one.
‘I will definitely miss the additional money spent on the new cots’, says the man.
Mummy stays mum.
‘Mom, is it ok if we promise to tidy up the room and the beds’, says twin one.
‘And we will not fight for the upper bunk, promise’, says twin two.
The man is beaming by now.
‘What about the ad that I placed on Quikr’, says me.
‘Cancel it….cancel it’, there is a chorus of voices the man’s voice the loudest.
There has been peace for the last three days, let us see how long it lasts.
Image courtesy IKEA