The Sentimental Value of a Mattress

Posted 07-27-2011 at 07:01 AM by mommygreenex2

Hi y’all! I’m a mama to two bambinos, a darling daughter who will be five next month and a smiley son who is six months old. We are in the middle of moving ((sigh)) and we are getting rid of most of our furniture. We are moving in with my elderly father who lives alone on six acres so there’s no room for our stuff. I have been posting items for sale on Craigslist and just last week, we sold our bedroom set.

At first, I was relieved that it sold. One, because we really needed the money at the moment, (we are only recently a single income family; decided to be a SAHM after numero dos was born.) And two, it was a huge relief to my husband that he wasn’t going to have to move it out of our second floor condo and store it somewhere. But as the man came to collect his new bedroom set, my eyes started to burn and I felt tears welling up in them. Why in the world was I about to lose it over a bedroom set that was over 10 years old? It was busted up, had lots of water damage, missing knobs, but I was all torn up about it going out the door.

Well, to start, it was purchased new for me at the start of my sophomore year in college by my dear parents. It’s the set that my new husband and I started our lives together in our first home. But the big kicker is, it’s the bed, more importantly, the mattress, that our two beautiful children were conceived on.

Ok, be honest, is that too TMI? Weird? You can say it, it won’t hurt my feelings. I kind of feel like it is. I said to my husband, “wonder if he (the person purchasing the set,) knows he’s getting a lucky mattress?” My husband looked puzzled. I quickly reminded him of the sacredness of the mattress…he chuckled.

So do you other mamas feel the same? Would you be sad to sell your mattress that you conceived your children on? I almost made a comment as the guy was loading the furniture up that was along the lines of “that’s a very special mattress…those two precious kiddos you met were made there!” But I DID want his $300, so I refrained in fear as that comment would be a deal breaker. :)

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5 Responses to “The Sentimental Value of a Mattress”

  1. Laura Lou on July 27th, 2011 1:30 pm

    ha, ha, ha, ha! oh, my. I have no idea how I’ll feel when it comes to that point, but my mom doesn’t seem to be able to part with her mattress even though it’s got a good 25, 30 years on it. maybe her life with my dad, and their 4 kids are all tied up in it. I’ve offered to buy her a new one, but she doesn’t really want it….. I think your story is really cute. thanks for the different perspective. (i think it would have been TMI for the craigslist guy!) hope it goes well at your dad’s. sounds like it’ll be a big change. hope everyone focuses on the benefits of your family and your dad living together.

  2. mamashea on July 27th, 2011 4:35 pm

    I totally understand. 3 times now i have sat on the front lawn of a friend’s house, selling off everything we own, save for a few boxes of mementos, a single pair of shoes for each of us & just enough clothing to keep us covered. It is such a freeing experience! But from time to time i was surprised at the various things we would suddenly have a hard time saying good-bye to. We still would of course. We had food & diapers to buy, bills & debts to pay.
    We may be looking at doing it again. And i find i’m not afraid. I really think that letting go of those material things which are hard to let go of, gives us so much more in return. It makes us stronger on the deepest levels. It expands our hearts towards others. It encourages a humble & grateful spirit. It causes us to appreciate what can never be taken away from us & frees us to love what is truly important.

    ~ blessings!

  3. cestial225 on July 27th, 2011 4:45 pm

    I feel you mama! I hate my bed, it is so uncomfortable but both my kids were conceived there and born there. I know I will be upset the day it leaves my house.

  4. beckylyn on July 27th, 2011 7:53 pm

    i so get you. we conceived our little guy in a tent, and i definitely will be sad to sell it =(

  5. MeCo7707 on July 28th, 2011 3:19 pm

    Well for me, not so much, but my kiddo’s weren’t concieved while I was on a bed so maybe that’s why :) However, I couldn’t bring myself to sell our porch swing – it’s the first thing we bought together and it has many memories.

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