A Princess, Some Peas

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20 Responses

  1. Lil says:

    Beautiful. I love you.

  2. Joanne says:

    A wonderful story. Thanks for the memories of waterbeds and futons on platforms guys built so the dogs could hang out below. Need to put those on my list of stories.
    Have a great summer.

  3. Lovely writing and story! Waterbed in the basement. Oh my — that brought some memories here of basement bedrooms and trying to carve out your own space in a full house :-).

  4. Shelly says:

    Pure loveliness.

  5. Avie Layne says:

    As always, reading your blog is an oasis of it’s own – much like my own Sleep Number bed.

  6. kmkat says:

    “…smuggling eye shadow into the joint inside my multi-talented private parts”? I stand in awe of that phrase.

    Also, why am I not surprised that your bedroom features purple walls, an orange curtain, red and blue pillows, and a gold bedspread? You know how to live. (Also, how to write!)

  7. Seven Long Island Iced Teas? Really? I did one really big one – once. Two day recovery.

    I must say I’ve never thought of using the beds I’ve had as frame for an essay. “They are one of life’s best theaters” Brilliant.

    Lovely essay. Enjoyed it.

  8. P. S. Love the title, too.

  9. Magpie says:

    I’m in my own bed, grinning and thinking about beds I have known and loved. And hated. I have three pillows – I rotate them through the night so there’s always a cool spot.

  10. Jess says:

    I love your purple bedroom. I also love that you knew an Italian-American from Roe Dyelin. And as always, of course, I love you!!

  11. Pearl says:

    Well would you look at that. 🙂

    You are a lucky, lucky woman.

    And I laughed. From one basement dwelling waterbed sleeper to another, I laughed.


  12. At first I thought the beginning was in present tense and you were telling us you also have a boyfriend. Which was surprising to me, but interesting.

    I LOVE my bed. Love it.

  13. Maria says:

    This post reminded me of one of mine that I wrote years ago recalling all the sheets that had been on my bed during a 20 year period. (the black satin were the most exciting and least comfy…)

    I had a water bed for the duration of my first long term coupling with a woman named Corey. She swore that once I slept on a water bed, I would never go back to a mattress. I spent seven years feelings slightly sea sick every night. But, I was young, immensely stupidly so, and that got me through….

  14. I love this story of your life according to beds. You captured each stage of your life beautifully. And the hand on your waist made me tear up. Lovely writing.

  15. Emily July says:

    love this. the evolution of Goldilocks.


    It was an intimacy without peer.

    I flipped my pillow over, laid my cheek down on the cool fabric, stared out the window by my face, and smiled at the rising sun.

  16. chlost says:

    No waterbeds, sleep numbers or futons here, but the comforting hand on the hip….yes! You’ve perfectly captured that safe feeling of a long-term couple in bed (among all of the other perfectly-captured moments). More intimate than sex. Thank you for this wonderful picture from your life.
    I also love the purple….and assume the combination is not from the Vikings team colors.

  17. pia says:

    Love. The bed theme. Growing up. Growing into an adulthood. The number beds. Finding comfort, love and numbers with Byron.

    I can’t tell you how much you inspired me today. I so needed it.

    Oh I know the house Billy Joel grew up in. He played at Sweet 16’s and my high school prom. My mother thought I should marry him–long after he became famous. She would have hated him before–high school dropout and all. Though she was friendly with his aunt

  18. Ummm, this might be my favorite thing you have ever written. Ever.

  19. lime says:

    my own bed renders me ineloquent but you have made me fall in love with you and your family all over….and your bed.

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