At first, I was pretty upset about this. Not angry at him. Who chooses to urinate on a bed, particularly when they are a guest in someone else’s house? I was just upset about the event itself. A strange grown man’s urine on my bed? How could I ever clean that up sufficiently enough that I would not cringe next time my kids were rolling around on that mattress?
So when my mother-in-law asked if they could spend the night Christmas Eve, my first thought was, “Oh, please no…”
Then, I thought I should put a plastic liner under the sheets. Sure, it would be obvious, but I didn’t really give a rip. Mattresses are not cheap, after all.
Then, I thought about dignity. Is there really an object on this earth that is worth someone’s dignity?
No, there is not.
Certainly not my mattress in the guest room.
As I am starting to age there are constant reminders every day of how my own body is no longer as cooperative as it used to be… the stray fart, failing eyesight, hair loss, super heavy flooding periods, lipomas, and those damn wrinkles around my lips.
My kids, however, have a somewhat warped concept of preserved dignity…
When the fellow arrived Christmas Eve, he was greeted by two very excited kids. They knew Granny and Paw-Paw’s arrival signaled the official start of festivities. They were jumping and screaming and full of exuberant joy.
Then suddenly there was silence. My daughter looked up solemnly at her adopted Paw-Paw.
“Paw-Paw, when you were here last time, you pee-pee’ed on our bed.” My daughter gave him a hug around the legs. “It’s OK, Paw-Paw. I do that, too, sometimes.”
Oh, dear. She was in the room when Granny had told me about the accident at the last visit. She had not said a single word about the incident until right then. It was apparent at that moment that it had made a huge impression on her, the realization that she was not the only one with a finicky bladder. She had received comfort in that knowledge and wanted to pass it on.
Fortunately, it was handled with grace by Paw-Paw who hugged her right back and a merry Christmas was had by all.