It’s Gratituesday! Today I am grateful for one of the most brilliant gifts I ever received. You can’t imagine how surprised I was several years ago to unwrap a twin-sized electric blanket as one of my Christmas gifts from MSH. We have a king-sized bed. A twin-size anything made no sense. But then it did.
The blue fluffy wire-lined blanket fit perfectly on my half of the bed. I discovered that very night the wisdom of such a gift.
MSH slumbers in a well chilled, open windowed bedroom, fresh air pouring over his overheated, restless body. For good measure he runs the ceiling fan as well. In such an environment I can only toss and turn and freeze, no matter how many blankets get heaped on top of me. But now, ah yes, now with my gift of electric heated bliss, I can choose to have the warmth of a cat snuggling up to me, or I can bask in the heat of a Sahara summer, or any climate in between.
This isn’t a winter only gift. Oh, no not at all. It is after all Phoenix, complete with heat islands and asphalt. Summers here are a sweltering desert. To survive we have air conditioning everywhere.
(Except for my car, usually the AC goes out on the first day of July. Not sure why. The infamous Tilby family car curse? But, I digress, that is another post.)
Unlike most households, we don’t just bring the temperature down to cool. MSH chills the house to the point that we all wear sweaters inside, except him. It’s comfortable for MSH and that is important. We love him and want him comfy, too. At night, the thermostat gets set even lower. As a result, my electric blanket often gets used in the summertime as well. Ah, sweet slumber.
I do think the electric blanket saved our marriage. Or at least it keeps me from finding another room to sleep in. Which would have made MSH feel sad and lonely, which would make me sad. His inspired gift to me makes me love him even more, and reminds me nightly of his consistent thoughtfulness in so many other ways.
All hail the lowly blue blanket, plugged in and enhancing relationships a few precious degrees at a time.