Sunday, March 24, 2013

The Couch of Recuperation

When you're sick, where do you head?  To the couch?  Or to your bed?

Maggie asked me once why Beaver Cleaver's mother would send him up to his bedroom when he was sick.  Similarly, watching Downton Abbey, we see people sent to their bedrooms when they are sick. 

But for us, it's the couch. 
When I was a kid, it was the couch. 

I think it's partly because the television is in the living room, where the couch is.  The tv helps keep a sicko entertained and quiet.  But that's not all.  If I had a tv in my bedroom, I'd still prefer to lollygag in the living room when ill. 

I don't want to be alone, tucked off in another room, when I'm sick.  I want to have my loved ones around.  Even if I am snoozing for much of the day.   And when others are sick, I want to go about many of my chores while still keeping an eye on the sick one, available to fetch things or help. 

(This should probably teach me something about the importance of sitting with people who are stuck in the hospital.)


  1. When I was living at home, definitely the couch, for exactly the reason you said. I don't want to be alone when I'm not feeling well. It's also nice to be able to watch TV when I'm not feeling up to reading. Now, with a baby, I have no choice but to stay in bed, because there's room for her to play while I suffer. :oP

  2. When I was growing up it was the couch. With our kids it's been the couch, except that I have noticed that as they get older sick teenagers seem to go to their room. And when I'm sick as an adult I go to my room. I guess with young 'uns the couch enables Mom to keep a closer eye on them.

    Probably totally unrelated, but when I have insomnia I seem to be able to fall asleep on the couch (with the TV on) better than any other place.