I love bringing friends to the Cabin, especially that first time. There is something exhilarating about seeing everything through the eyes of someone who is seeing it for the first time. When the four of us were making regular trips as a family we didn’t really have space to have visitors as a rule. But there were exceptions as I recall…
The full bed in the center of the floor is an old hide-a-bed that has had the back and arms removed. It once had the ability to fold up like any normal hide-a-bed. However, it was such a lovely target when jumping from the top bunk that it soon developed the “ability” to fold up all on its own – unexpectedly! It had become a kind of a giant venus flytrap. This was inconvenient (and startling!) of course, but it provided a great opportunity to play a joke on a visitor.
An old school friend of Dad’s came out with his wife to visit us at the Cabin one afternoon. We giggled and planned (okay, maybe Dad didn’t giggle…) and when they arrived, we got Mrs. M to sit in the exact spot that was known to trigger the folding of the bed.
We sat and bounced on the other side, my brother and I somehow trying to bounce on a bed and still act nonchalant!
We even dove from the top bunk, trying to hit that sweet spot that we knew would fold the bed.
Nothing happened, other than having to finally explain what we were trying to do. As I recall, we never did succeed in folding Mrs. M up into that crazy couch.
Dad eventually nailed the feet of the bed to 2×4 rails so that it is now just a bed. No more hijinx! Of course after 40 years it is doomed to soon be hauled away. It will be replaced by something that can once again fold up out of the way and provide seating (stable and non-folding!) for guests.
I know that Mom in particular is worried that I’ll be making a lot of changes to the Cabin, but I suspect even she won’t really miss the hide-a-bed!