The new baby had arrived and we ended up in a home that was completely out of room. We had assumed that the two boys were going to fit into the guest bedroom together with their 2 single beds but alas we had made fast inaccurate measurements that were coming back to haunt us.
Not knowing any better I broke the news of the upcoming bunkbeds to the boys nonchalantly over breakfast. I had no idea that I would get the reaction I received and was in fact quite stunned to hear it.
“Bunkbeds? No way!” said my youngest. My older boy of 12 looked up slowly and carefully to add, “Bunkbeds aren’t cool mom” and then slowly went back to eating. I had a fight on my hands, that’s for sure, but I decided that I’d come out the winner. Of course, there was no way around that since we had no extra space anywhere in the home. There would be no backing off and submitting to their demands. The bunkbeds were going to come and that was that.
I decided the best approach would be to take them out to look at some beds in real life. I was surprised myself to see the modern bunks that have been recently designed and it was my 12 year old that was the most impressed. I must add as well that he doesn’t impress easily.
I guess what got to him the most were the dark L-shaped bunks with a cappuccino finish that had a built-in workstation. Even I fell in love with those. I could envision the bed set up in the room complete with his laptop and schoolbooks.
Of course, my 5-year-old fell head over heels with the castle bed. Fortunately it was only a loft bed and could only sleep one at the top. Otherwise, there was going to be a heated debate over the cherry bunks or the one designed for young dragonslayers.
With an order submitted for the bunks and the promise of delivery for the next day, we set off home. I didn’t mention to my sons how grateful I was that they had submitted to my plan perfectly. No, they were happy and so was I. The baby and the kids will be set up for the next few years. At that time, however, my oldest son will be 15 and will probably want his own room. We’ll have to decide soon whether we will be headed to a new home or will expand the one we have. We will, however, leave that for another day.
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