Sunday, March 29, 2009
Our fancy colonial-style house had 4 bedrooms, one down and three up. We couldn't imagine sleeping on different floors, so we all slept upstairs.
But VJ was definitely the sort of fellow who should have a room of his own. It's where he read his huge collection of books about dogs, gleaned from our little local library and anywhere else he could find one. Plus his room was somewhat long and narrow, with only one good spot for a bed.
So that left one bedroom for mom and dad, and one for Fritz and Margo.
These two, 7 and 9, were good friends, and both liked to lie on their beds and read. But they also liked their privacy, and their special things, and time apart.
One fine day, Fritz solved the problem for us. He dragged his sleeping bag into a large - long, and narrow - closet that had been built off the main upstairs hall.
And he took his reading lamp and his pillow and several dozen of his favorite books, and made himself not only a bedroom but his own house.
We didn't think he'd actually sleep in there, but he insisted. It was his own space, and he loved it.
So now we had 4 bedrooms upstairs.
Later we remembered an old daybed that was tucked away in our unused family room, and measured to see if it would fit. It did. Exactly. Its 3-foot width and the 3-foot width of the closet matched perfectly, like two puzzle pieces.
The sleeping bag would have to go on top of it instead of sheets and blankets because there was no tucking room down the sides.
But there was space at the head for him to put a box to hold his books. And he lay in there and read by the hour.
But sometimes, when all was quiet outside and the sun had set, we all piled onto our big bed in our bedroom and read together, sometimes 5 separate books, sometimes one that one of us read alone from. Growing legs hung off edges while we all shared great books.