The Couch; Another Round


A couple of weeks ago on the 4th, my neighbors decided to blow off “cannons” right under our window………It went on for hours.

Now, DC really does not mind fireworks when he is expecting them. It’s the fireworks that begin two weeks before and continue on for a month after the 4th that bother him. Being a guy who is terrified of storms, hearing these random fireworks does not go over all that well.  Even on the 4th when he should be expecting them, he certainly is not agreeable to the noise when it sounds like a cannon is going off directly under our window.

Due to the my neighbors and a couple of pretty good storms over the last few weeks, we have been sleeping on the couch.

When DC was young, he would come into my room when there was a storm and he was afraid. This did not mean he would calm down but once he tired of repeating the same few phrases over and over again, he would finally fall asleep.

He is  27  now (chronologically) and it is no longer appropriate for him to come and sleep in my room. He does not understand this because in his mind, the storms are just as scary as they were when he was young and quite honestly, developmentally,  he is just as young as he was then. There is no good way to explain this to him.

So……  now during storms or when he hears a loud noise that might be a storm or fireworks or a truck driving by or a plane flying over head…… we sleep on the couch.

I have a sectional.

He sleeps on the chaise lounge (the bottom of the L)  and I sleep on the straight part.

I am old. Everything hurts after sleeping on the couch for more than a few days.

It is not always easy to get him back to his room and into his bed, especially at this time of year when the storms just seem to  keep on coming. It doesn’t even need to be a storm – clouds, dark skies, rain or anything that puts the notion of a storm in his head is enough to send us “to the couches”.

Our last round of couch-sleeping lasted more than 2 years. I am hoping this round does not last anywhere near that long.

It’s only been two weeks but I am tired.

It’s only been two weeks but I am afraid that there are plenty more storms ahead. ‘Tis the season.

It’s only been two weeks but I can already tell that it is going to be a very long summer.

It’s only been two weeks but……….. I miss my bed.


Ahhh, but there is always a little bit of a bright side  – FB Status – July 17, 2018)


Between looking out the door and repeating “Storm is over soon, Storm go away, I am brave, Storm is over soon……” DC kept coming into the room with his hands in prayer position, bowing and saying “Yay! We Must Stay”. I just assumed it was more drama about the storm but I’d never heard him say this before so I asked him (thinking it must be a movie line) where this was from…..
DC: Yoga Class
(I’ll give you a minute….. 😂😂😂😂😂)


This has been a Finish the Sentence Friday  5-minute stream-of-consciousness post about “My Bed” hosted by Kristi Campbell of  Finding Ninee and Kenya G. Johnson of Sporadically Yours 



14 thoughts on “The Couch; Another Round

  1. I so relate to this! Tucker and I are sleeping downstairs (more comfy than a couch but Robert is on the couch!) as my beloved bed is broken. SO SO hope the storms there break soon and are over so you can get yourself in your own bed and DC in his! 🙂


    • I just read your post and I am so sorry about your bed! You have totally convinced me (as if I needed convincing) that I do not want to ever have to move again. I hope this is the last of the moving problems and everything settles soon. Fingers crossed for a fix for your bed.


  2. July 4th seems to run from early June to ‘what-do-you-mean-we’re-out-of-fireworks’ around here (southern New England). Just the other night some scott* was in his glory starting at about 9pm. Seriously, not fireworks, which at least would make sense of the hour, but fair sized explosives.
    Its not just the noise. It’s the pointless repetitiveness. Boom….Boom…. etc
    (No, I’m not just getting old)
    I can relate to the couch-sleep-disorder (aka: oh-no-I-fell-asleep-on-the-couch-again-itis), I used to enjoy the occasional nap on the couch… now not worth the process of waking. And moving.

    Heres to winter, though I don’t like the cold, the weather (and the scotts) are much quieter.

    *the one of the three personality types of the Wakefield Doctrine most likely to have a fire works dealer in his cell phone (hint: an old saying from the Doctrine: “a scott alone in a room, isn’t.” (or) “I scream, therefore I am.”…. think Joe Pesci as a young actor in…well everything)


  3. I’m still the age where I can get away with sleeping on the couch with few repercussions. It does help that our Craiglist couch is surprisingly comfortable despite its age. I usually end up out there because I’m dealing with a bout of insomnia or a rough night with IBS, and I don’t want to keep waking up my husband every time I get out of bed. I hope the summer storms calm down for you guys so that you can get some more restful sleep.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Ah summer.. with its endless storms and fireworks. It can be a bit of a middle of the night song and dance for us too. Seems like you worked out a perfect way to get through the storm.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. I can understand how much you must miss your bed. To not be able to even know how long it will be before you can return has to be extra challenging.
    Those seemingly endless fireworks wreck havoc for many.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Pingback: He came up with a plan and carried it out. | Taking it a Step at a Time

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.