I Got Up on the Wrong Side of the Bed This Morning


I know what I want to do when I want to do it, but this morning I did not. I was actually forced to get up on the wrong side of the bed. There was a bug on my side, so I had to flip on the other side, and get off on the wrong side. After going head first into the wall I am not used to seeing, I righted myself, and ran back to my side of the bed to swat the offender. Getting up on the wrong side of the bed made me wonder then and there how my day was going to be effected by this little traditional, and superstitious ditty.

I brushed aside my fears of the wrong side of the bed theories and set up for my coffee date. We had decided earlier in the week we would meet this time at my home. I put out a spread for a queen. Ten o clock, time for arrival came and went. I decided to check my email since there was no answer to my phone call. At 8:03 a cancellation message had been issued. I sat having my coffee alone, munching on all of the delicious goodies I had laid for the queen.

Soon after my last bit of coffee was swallowed without incident, the phone rang. On the other end of the line, was a very apologetic friend. She had some bad news for me. What else would she have on a day when you get up on the wrong side of the bed? We had a party at her home several days previously, and she asked that I leave my dish and it’s delicious contents, as her family was visiting the next day. She assured me the platter would be returned within the week. As it turned out, I was never again to see my mother’s antique dish that held so many of my her delightful culinary dishes she shared with our family. My friend continued with the bad news that my mother’s beautiful dish slipped to the ground and was broken into too many pieces to repair. I said, “Mazeltov” wishing her good luck at the breaking of the glass. I have tried since then to replace my mother’s dish, but realized after acquiring four plates as replacements, no replacement is possible. My mother’s dish remains only in my memory.

They have opened a wonderful 99cent store close by, so naturally today I planned to scout it out. My goodness, the fruit, and vegetables astounded me. Since this is getting out of the wrong side of the bed day, I will stick to the story and not wander off deep into the caverns of the 99cent store. The most gigantic and exotic looking melon caught my eye. At a well-known brand name store this beauty would be a $5.00 item. It was heavy and still only 99cents. It was ripe and ready; I took it home. It got carved and cut into cubes. I could hardly wait for the yummy first cube. I cleaned up the carving mess and turned to the bowl for my taste. Oh my word, it was awful. What to do with this huge mistake? I can coat it with sugar, whipped cream, yogurt or really just toss it. For now and for this day it sits chilling in the refrigerator.

Am I in a bad mood? Kind of…annoyed, yes. My partner, love of my life, bed sharer decided his side of the bed sloped too much and since there is a pillow top on the underside as well, he had it turned and flipped. Somehow, during the night an awful realization occurred. I will now be getting out of the wrong side of the bed every morning for the rest of my days. Chilling isn’t it?


19 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. tom
    Sep 02, 2014 @ 12:23:54



  2. Carly Marshall
    Sep 02, 2014 @ 19:26:25

    Wow what a story! I love the twist at the end. Were all of those events true?? Poor grandma!!


    • Sheila Clapkin
      Sep 03, 2014 @ 14:29:47

      Dear Carly,
      All is truth but I borrowed the photo, with permission.
      Our bedroom is not so classy looking.
      Today is a wonderful day, even on the wrong side of the bed.
      Happy ME!


  3. Dina
    Sep 02, 2014 @ 19:39:41

    So, so sad and hilarious!


  4. Sheryl
    Sep 02, 2014 @ 20:13:27

    Hopefully, now that the bed has been flipped, the wrong side will quickly start feeling like the right side. 🙂


  5. Pat Rieffanaugh
    Sep 02, 2014 @ 23:12:36

    Here’s the good news – you didn’t have a face-to-face like my friend in Las Vegas had yesterday. I will quote him, “Scarcely one hour ago I was awakened out of a dead sleep by a SPIDER CRAWLING ON MY EYE! I did not shriek, nor did I cry out like some Sissy Lala, but with an icy calm crushed the eight-legged monstrosity against my brow flicking its ruined carcass onto the carpet to be vacuumed up later. And then I ran for the bathroom!” Let’s hope your new side of the bed proves to be creature free! ♥


    • Sheila Clapkin
      Sep 03, 2014 @ 14:18:34

      Your friend’s experience was horrible. I hope his day ended on a better note. You are a special sharing friend.
      I like your idea that the new side of the bed proves to be good & creature free .


  6. Ilene Meyers
    Sep 03, 2014 @ 10:28:10

    Just to let you know I feel your pain, at 7:00AM this morning Peppy threw up on the sheet right next to my face. That certainly jet propelled me out of bed; not a good way to start the day!


    • Sheila Clapkin
      Sep 03, 2014 @ 14:16:09

      Honest to Gosh, Ilene, YOU win. Throw up is number one bad, bad. Well, actually Boo Boo is pretty bad, too.
      Absolutely not a good way to start the day and you were on the right side of the bed!
      Oh my!


  7. Sandra Lipschultz
    Sep 04, 2014 @ 21:30:20

    Sheila dear, until your essay, I had forgotten all about that cliché. My side is my side and that is that. Even when at this time of year the sunrise wakes me up at 6:30 am even though I can sleep as long as I want. Now I have a really good excuse for why I’m not switching. Until now my determination was just irrational. Now its based on an important cultural icon. Thank you.


    • Sheila Clapkin
      Sep 05, 2014 @ 09:30:45

      Keep your side, YOUr side. Actually I thought of a fancy new mattress pad or a special topper, but so far, I sleep well.
      Besides I cannot find my 20% off coupon for Bed Bath and Beyond. Oh well, that is my excuse. All is well.


  8. Reene
    Sep 06, 2014 @ 06:31:48

    maybe the solution is to push the bed against the wall and so the choice is made–just kidding–but those antiques are hard to replace–I have a very random collection–come over and check and see ifIhave a match–Reene


  9. Sheila Clapkin
    Sep 06, 2014 @ 12:20:47

    Skip thinks the wall idea is a a good & funny one. How sweet of you to offer me a peek at your random collection. You are so kind and generous.


  10. Ellen
    Sep 09, 2014 @ 22:29:43

    Probably good for the brain to have a little re-training to keep one;s self sharp
    Maybe Skip will look like a new lover on the other side…HaHa


    • Sheila Clapkin
      Sep 10, 2014 @ 09:54:45

      Brain re-training is such a great way to look at trials and tribulations alike. Let us remember Brain-Re-train. And Skip looking like a new lover! Brava, girl. Right. You have such a positive outlook. Letting it rub off.


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