I remember a scene from the movie, Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium where there seemed to involve some jumping on mattresses. I’ll be honest, the movie wasn’t my absolute favorite, but this part sparked the happy little girl in me and man, oh man, did I want to discover a room full of mattresses and leap from mattress to mattress without a care in the world.
How fortunate that around the time that this movie came out my family was getting ready to move into the home that we had built and as part of the moving-in process, my parents had decided to purchase a bunch of new furniture.
From what I recall it was around 7:30/8:00pm on an evening in winter and for whatever reason, the trip included my parents, all my younger siblings and I.
We arrived at the well-known furniture store (the name of which shall remain undisclosed) and were greeted by a friendly associate who struck up a conversation with my parents as we begin to make our way throughout the varies couches, tables, dressers and for us, bunk beds.
While this store associate kept my parents engaged in all the latest furniture styles, the younger siblings and I were getting restless with the 10-minute descriptions of different pieces of furniture and started to wander off looking at other things.
Initially, my dad kept telling my younger siblings to come off the different pieces of furniture and kept reminded us that we’d be leaving soon, as my siblings and I were completely bored out of our minds (this was a well-meaning intention, although with our large family, “leaving soon” could mean anywhere from ten minutes to an hour).
My parents kept talking to the store associate and my siblings and I kept rolling our eyes, folding our arms, and wandered around looking for something of excitement in this warehouse of home furnishings.
We saw that our parents and the store associate started to move from where we were at the back of the store slowly up to the front and as they started meandering around, my siblings and I started exploring more of the back part of the store.
There is no way to fully describe the serge of excitement I felt as every child’s dream of dreams came true for us:
We came upon a room FULL of mattress, beside mattress, beside mattress. There were two rows of mattresses and as luck would have it, our parents were nowhere to be seen (and hopefully heard).
(Note: This image above isn’t the actually room that we discovered but this image basically shows what we saw… thrilling isn’t it! ;)) (from: http://www.atlasfactory.com/mattress/)
My siblings and I took a glance at each other (the glee and impending delight evident on our smiling faces), and before I could say “maybe we shouldn’t…” my younger siblings let out mild squeals of joy (we couldn’t fully express our level of joy because we needed to remain undetected) and bounded into the room, leaping like gazelles from what seemed to be a million white fluffy trampolines.
I’ll admit, I had a vision in my mind of us spread throughout their mattress room, leaping from mattress to mattress and suddenly our parents and the store associate showing up and punishment ensuing. However, that thought was pretty mild compared to the pure elation I felt at seeing that room and so I joined my younger siblings in bounding around on the mattresses.
I was 15 years old at the time, but all age aside, there are some times you just have to let go and leap for the stars (or in our case, for the mattresses).
The god of good fortune was shining our way that night because after our few moments of glee, we remained undiscovered by both our parents and the store associate.
Of course, we later told our parents of the adventure we had that night, but I thought even the furniture company shouldn’t complain too much even if they had found out, as my parents did end up making quite a few purchases from them.
Speaking of our moments of glee, I was looking around for a video clip that would accurately portray the way we felt that night and although I don’t watch this show, this clip perfectly summarizes how we felt:
I think random adventurous opportunities are something to be taken advantage of… even in a furniture store. 😉