October 27, 2011
The Princess and the Pea
My friend, Sandy, who does all sorts of fun things recently visited Frank Sinatra's bedroom is Palm Springs, California. This is a photo she sent to me of the view from his bedroom. Frank wasn't there, of course, at least not physically but perhaps in spirit. The doors of Frank's former home were open for a fund raiser for a good cause, animals! I pictured Frank's bedroom to look like this. Didn't you? Sleek and suave and white carpet. Any minute I could imagine him getting ready for a performance, wearing a suit and tie, and singing My Way.
I'm thinking about bedrooms lately because I'm looking to buy a mattress. I wonder if Frank had a comfortable, expensive mattress. Probably. I always loved that story The Princess and the Pea. The princess was so special she could even feel a pea beneath her pile of mattresses. I used to sleep on two mattresses as a teenager and pretend I was a princess. I'd still like to pretend I'm a princess but life keeps reminding me, especially when I put on the waitress apron and go to work, that I'm not. Darn.
Here is a photo of President Lincoln's bedroom at his log cabin in Charleston, Illinois. This was his bedroom before he was president and got to move to Washington D.C. and not have to cut word to keep his house warm anymore. I visited his log house many years ago, but I don't remember this bedroom with the spinning wheel and lumpy mattress. Doesn't poor Abe's mattress look painful? No wonder he didn't smile much. Or maybe that's someone hiding under that blanket. Maybe Abe had a secret girlfriend. Maybe....okay let's move on.
Finally, I was going to show you a photo of my bedroom but realized that's more information than people really need. I will tell you this. When I was a little girl my mother painted my bedroom a sunny bright yellow. All these years later, I sleep again in a bright yellow bedroom. Maybe when I find my new mattress I'll stick a pea beneath it and find out if I'm a princess yet. Oh forget that. I'll just be glad to wake up in the morning without a back ache. Or better yet, just wake up in the morning.