I can remember as a child, there were certain places that I was more prone to dream in than others. One of those places was and antique iron bed at my grandmothers house in Central Pennsylvania. No matter when I went to visit, I always stayed in this one particular bed she’d had since she’d gotten married. It was the same bed my mother grew up in. I often wonder if that had any significances with the ease in which I was able to sleep soundly and dream, almost at will. I’d tried the other beds grandma had in her house. But none of them seemed to give me the emotional comfort my mothers bed did.
I really didn’t take stock on the direct relationship of that bed at my grandmothers and the dream’s I had until many years later after I’d grown up. Surprisingly, after I’d grown and made the connection, I still had occasion to visit grandma. And it was with a certain amount of surprise when I realized the freedom to dream was still intact in that old bed. They say as we get older, we tend to suppress our subconscious more…..thus making it harder to surface under any circumstances. But that old bed of my mothers seemed to hold the key to allowing me to visit those thoughts and emotions I rarely came in touch with.
Many many years later, after I’d relocated to the west coast. I called my grandmother and told her I’d gotten in to the antique business, specifically iron beds. I told her to be sure and hold on to the old beds she had, because I wanted to keep them in the family. Unfortunately she said she had them hauled away by the junk man. So much for keeping them for my kids.
Fortunately over the years I’ve had the very good fortune of coming across some really incredible beds, many of which my wife and I have used and then replaced with others. Both my daughters have what we refer to as “one of a kind – commission beds”. It’s pretty much what it sounds like…… a bed that was commissioned by a person to be the only one after the foundry pours it. They are quite collectible and rare and both my daughters love their beds. The only draw back is that when their friends come over, they all want beds just like my daughters . Unfortunately I tell them they are “one of a kind”. It doesn’t make for an easy transition into another bed.
By the way………. one of our favorite times are when we all are together at the breakfast table and one of my girls brings up a dream she had……. in her bed.
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