Now I know why the deceased looks so peaceful at the viewing.

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Cornerstone Business Group Inc 0225086119

Now I know why the deceased looks so peaceful at the viewing. Yep, I've finally had an aha moment of clarity. You see, when you're married, you share your bed. That isn't so bad, but when kids are involved, you share less of your bed. It just seems compassionate to let that little one climb in on a dark night when he's scared, but that turns into two, three, four and suddenly, he's a permanent sleeper until he's four. 

Then, the second one comes along. They take shifts and the process starts over. About eight years into child-rearing, you get your bed back. It's smooth sailing for about 10-15 years, and just about the time you get accustomed to being comfortable, grand-kids start. The genetically inherited tendency to sneak to your bed is passed on to the grand-kids and the cycle starts over. 

A dozen or so years later, you're grand-kid "in your bed" free, and you get to spread out again, briefly. Now, the dog has decided that it would be better to sleep in your bed because he can protect you better because of the proximity. Instead of sleeping at the bottom of the bed, he wants to sleep between you and your partner, and he doesn't sleep like three logs resting side by side. No, he wants to make an H in the bed, and he snores.

My current 20 lb man-eater sleeps like a German Shepherd in my bed. He sleeps sideways across the bed requiring the wife and me to sleep on our sides. And, just in case you think it's the bed size that matters, it doesn't. We went from a queen to a king and back to a queen. Much like a snake in a cage, I have found that sleepy-time intruders increase when more space is available. I've gone from one lovely lady in my bed to one snorty rollie pollie dog and two cats. One cat wants to sleep on your face and the other one sleeps behind your legs.

Within minutes of retiring for the evening, the clan is all there. You've got to pick your sleeping position early because the furry kids will fill in any available slots like melted wax. Yep, that's why the deceased at a funeral looks so peaceful, he finally has his sleeping place all to himself. Ironically, with all of the kids, grand-kids and pets, I wouldn't have it any other way. If I look a little dazed and confused in the morning, or if I have a stiff arm or leg, just know that one of the critters in my house beat me to the bed last night and I slept the same way all night. 


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Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Mike - you title certainly caught my attention.  For some reason I missed that part of sleeping in bed.

Jun 30, 2019 06:25 AM #1
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Good morning, Mike - I thought this blog topic title might be too gruesome for discussion but your take on the subject is one that is an easy one to relate for many.  

Jun 30, 2019 06:42 AM #2
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

HI Mike Cooper, GRI - Funny you should mention it, I had my grandson over last night to give his parents a break.  Thank God we have a king sized bed!

Jun 30, 2019 06:43 AM #3
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, Mike Cooper, GRI when my youngest son was 2, he would sneak into our bedroom....since he knew he would never make it into our bed, he slept on the carpet, NEXT TO THE BED.... the first time that happened and I got up in the middle of the night, I screamed and woke everyone!!  

Jun 30, 2019 06:50 AM #4
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Your title made me wince...I don't like open coffins and I avoid looking in.  We have a furry car monster who likes tucking between us especially on a cold night.  A

Jun 30, 2019 09:33 AM #5
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Mike,  Love it and you have a great point.  Yes my Brandy took up so much room in the bed but now miss her so much.


Jun 30, 2019 09:46 AM #6
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

I share my bed with a couple cats.  One of 'em, Reuben, is a very large animal, and he snores.  I had an ex-husband that also did, but I swear Reuben snores louder.

Jun 30, 2019 10:43 AM #7
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

CONGRATULATIONS Mike, on having this blog FEATURED in the Old Farts Club group!  

Jun 30, 2019 10:44 AM #8
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

Over the years I've had dogs who wanted to share my bed. Now they keep it warm until I get there, then leave because I don't lay still enough! A big sigh goes with the departure.

However, when I don't get up on time to suit Katie, I get 100 pounds of dog landing on top of me. Then she rolls over and wiggles for a tummy rub. I definitely wake up!

Jun 30, 2019 01:12 PM #9
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Mike - how cute and how true!!! I can remember when my oldest niece was about 4. She spent the night with us and ended up in our bed. We woke up to her little legs on Larry's chest and her head on mine. 

Jun 30, 2019 08:05 PM #10
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