80’s baby – Dad and mum, different rooms


While watching the final season of the Tudors, King Henry VIII was ill and his (6th) wife insisted that pending the resolution of his illness, her (Catherine Barr’s) bed be moved to the King’s room so that she could take care of him. This idea of husband and wife sleeping in different rooms raised fond memories of my childhood.

Growing up in the 80’s, my dad and mum slept in different rooms. As the eldest, I slept in the same bed with my dad (a privilege to me). Note, I was still tender (and never knew what manner of sorcery was used to create babies), so I assumed dad and mum were destined to sleep separately.

Something interesting happened; we moved to a new city (1991) and on the first night, as I was about to jump into my dad’s bed, my mum waltzed in and ordered me to relocate to her room (which ended up as my room till I moved out). I looked to my dad for help but the guy had a smug look on his face. I screamed and threw tantrums as to why this woman was dislodging me from my birthright. In the end all I got was the door slammed shut in my face. 10 months later, the youngest boy was conceived.

Ever since, they have slept on the same bed till this day. Looking back, it was laughable that parents slept in different bedrooms (I am guessing it was a form of birth control).

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18 thoughts on “80’s baby – Dad and mum, different rooms

  1. Hahahaha, This cracked me up! I wouldn’t say it was an effective method of birth control though, I remember my neighbor’s parents did that an they ended up with eight children so go figure.

  2. Susie sent me over. Isn’t that something that all those years, you took it for granted where you’d sleep at night. Reminds me of “I Love Lucy” when Ricky and Lucy had separate beds. 🙂

  3. Susie sent me and I’m so glad she did! Your post made me laugh. My parents had one of those fifties marriages with the matching twin beds. But it must have worked—I have nine brothers and sisters!

  4. I’m from Susie’s party…
    Funny story…My folks had twin beds…but didn’t always stay in them…something always happened in February and March as all 5 children were born in November and December.We grew up near Buffalo and I assumed they needed each other for warmth (and more).

  5. This is hilarious! I love this. I think you’re right. It probably was a form of birth control.
    Thanks for bringing such a sweet story to the party! Have fun clicking on links and meeting the guests. Tell them, “Susie sent me,” and they should click back here. 🙂

  6. Your dad was one tolerant guy – our boys have given up on me in the middle of the night, no way will I crawl in with those little snorers.

    Susie sent me – thanks for the smile.

  7. Susie sent me. Great post. I will say, I sleep separately from my wife and there are no fights about snoring or tossing & turning. We both sleep well and meet for non-sleeping activities at non-sleeping times. Has worked out well so far. 🙂

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