But we just changed the sheets! #SOL20

“Why are the sheets off the bed again? We just changed them!”

My reply? “Because the doctor told me that because I tested positive for the flu, it’s time to wash all the sheets and towels. I don’t want you to catch it again since you just got over it.”

My husband hates changing the sheets. I don’t know why, and he doesn’t either. He just does. Come to think of it, hate is probably an understatement. Let’s see.

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Yup. All of these.

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Ooo! And maybe a few of these, although they don’t seem strong enough.

You get the point. When it’s sheet changing day, he’s not a happy camper and has even been known to disappear when it’s time. Its a two-person job, after all. Who wants to do that by themselves? Have you ever tried? It’s not easy. Top right corner, bottom right corner, and then on the way to the bottom left corner the top right pops off. Then you start all over again. It’s like Whack-a-mole!

Sometimes bargaining happens. “I’ll cook dinner and do the dishes if you take care of it,” he says. Nope! “Need anything at the store? I’ll go get it, and by the time I get back, you’ll be done with it,” he says. Nice try!

The only tricky thing is I have to remember not to forget about it until bedtime. Then I’m really in trouble. Guess what we have to do tonight?


Many thanks to the crew at Two Writing Teachers, and the extended SOL community, for giving us the time, space, and encouragement to live the writerly life here each Tuesday and, coming soon, every day in March. Won’t you join us?


6 thoughts on “But we just changed the sheets! #SOL20

  1. My husband is the best sheet changer and I love sheet changing day… when he’s in charge. Sending healthy vibes to all! We had the flu in our house this week too… luckily it seemed to be a mild case.


  2. We recently had a cat pee in our bed. Yikes! That sent us both in a rage. But usually sheet washing day is not that bad, and my husband will sometimes offer to do it by himself. I think it’s funny that your husband has many ways of getting out of it. There was a poet (can’t remember who) who wrote a love poem about changing the sheets with his wife. You should read it to your husband. It may change his mind.


  3. I found it. By Li-Young Lee https://www.academia.edu/3571329/Behind_Our_I_s_Grief_and_Loss_in_the_Poetry_of_Li-Young_Lee

    To Hold

    So we’re dust. In the meantime, my wife and I
    make the bed. Holding opposite edges of the sheet,
    we raise it, billowing, then pull it tight,
    measuring by eye as it falls into alignment
    between us. We tug, fold, tuck. And if I’m lucky,
    she’ll remember a recent dream and tell me.

    One day we’ll lie down and not get up.
    One day, all we guard will be surrendered.

    Until then, we’ll go on learning to recognize
    what we love, and what it takes
    to tend what isn’t for our having.
    So often, fear has led me
    to abandon what I know I must relinquish
    in time. But for the moment,
    I’ll listen to her dream,
    and she to mine, our mutual hearing calling
    more and more detail into the light
    of a joint and fragile keeping


  4. I do hope you’re feeling better! I think it’s grossly unfair that you’re sick during break!!! Your slice is a hoot. I wonder what deep seated sheet-changing experience scarred your husband? Maybe there’s a sad tale from his childhood. I love the poem Margaret shared. I once wrote a poem about how my husband making the bed for me was like him sending me a love poem. Enjoy the rest of your break and the freshly made bed, too!


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