Three Brothers Share'n One Bed

Echoes of my childhood...

Our family was not all that big, just six of us (Peggy, Jimmy, Jackie and Sammy) with mom and dad; all in a four-room house. I first mentioned this in an article I wrote for Wikinuts entitled Our First House and I will summarize that article rather than copy it for use here…

When our family moved from Virginia into our first house in Tennessee, it consisted of only four rooms… with a little toilet out back, all situated on a one-acre corner lot. I was just eighteen months old so I don’t remember anything about the move, just remember hearing my family talk about it over the years. The four rooms were roughly equal in size and the house was divided into four quarters, each quarter representing a room. In the front of the house was the living room which mom said we would reserve for company when they came to visit, and mom and dad’s bedroom. Right behind these were the children’s room on one side and the kitchen on the other, which later became my sister Peggy’s room after we remodeled. There was a coal furnace that heated our little house and since the modern refrigerator was not available at that time we had to use an icebox to keep our milk and eggs fresh that was service twice a week by the ‘ice man’. I looked forward to him coming because he would give all the kids in the neighborhood chips of ice after he chipped out the blocks that he would place in each family’s icebox.

The remodeling consisted of adding two more rooms on the back of the house over a garage, which housed our first car. One room was to be a new kitchen with modern appliances for mom and another large family room, which we never finished and just used as a closed-in back porch.

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sounded like the Waltons as we said good night...

As you can see we were just an average family. But we were cramped in our first house. We had to remodel and we did. After remodeling we were still cramped, but we made it work. Peggy at least had her own room and mom & dad had their own room and we three boys - well we had our own room too, but only one bed. Jim and Jack shared a fold out bed, but after I reach 4 or 5, I joined my brothers in the fold out bed, which was a couch in the daytime, and at night we took off the cushions and folding out the bed. We sounded like the Waltons each night as we all had to say our good nights to each other.

I remember the times we had sharing one bed...

Jim & Jack complained that I rolled over against them and they couldn’t sleep. I had to sleep in the middle because mom was afraid I would roll out bed and get hurt falling to the floor if I slept on the outside.

We boys eventually broke that bed and we had to get rid of it. My brothers suggested bunk beds, but mom said we would have to place them side-by-side until they could figure out what to do with me. Guess who still slept in the middle… I called it the ‘crack’ in between the two mattresses on the bunk beds.

Dad started working nights so that emptied his bed at night. Jim and Jack could finally place their bunk beds together, Jack got the top bunk and I was more than willing to sleep in dad’s bed and keep it warm for him to sleep in after he had worked each night.

Problem finally solved, but I still remember the times we three brothers had when we all had to share one bed…

© 2010 SamSonS

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50 Caliber 6 years ago from Arizona

Ah the good old days. I grew up quite similar, in the smallest of housing, probably 600 square foot or less in a three room house with 6 as well. The front porch was closed in to make it 4, and a sign on the front that said "Day Sleeper" due to the door to door sales people of the era and my Dad working rotating A,B, and C shifts in the mine. The town of Ray, Arizona was a self sufficient mining town and the homes were prefabbed and brought in on a truck,basically trailers before the wheels were added. It was simplicity at it's best.

Thanks for a memory stirring, 50


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Mom Kat 6 years ago from USA

I can remember as far back as when I was just a year old. The therapist was shocked that I have so many early childhood memories. He said most people can't recall specific days earlier than 6 or 7 years old.

It would take me an entire hub, as it did you, to summerize...lol


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samsons1 6 years ago from Tennessee Author

thanks 50 and Mom Kat for your nice comments...

I've just spent the last hour re-writing the first part of this because they said 'a large portion' appears to have appeared on another site... I gave them credit, but I went back to re-write it anyway.

Yes, many of us came from meger beginnings and I don't think it hurt one bit...


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Granny's House 6 years ago from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time

I really enjoy your stories. Going to read more now.


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samsons1 6 years ago from Tennessee Author

thank you Granny's House, for your visit and your comments...


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Judicastro 6 years ago from birmingham, Alabama

Hi Sam

Sweet and loved it. Voted up! I grew up I s.calif in the 50's and we also had the ice man who just like yours would chip off ice chips. Must have been an occupational thing. Lol. We also had the helms bakery truck that would come early in the morning and he would let you climb on board and when he would pull out his drawers with wonderful bakery goods you would be taken away with the wonderful aroma. That's my stroll for the day, thanks Sam for the memories.


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samsons1 6 years ago from Tennessee Author

thanks for the ratings Judicastro...

we didn't have the bread man come about, I'm sure things were quite different in Appalachian East Tennessee. Some of my friends didn't have shoes 'til they started school, We use to give ours away when out-grown to those less fortunate.

thanks for your encouragement...


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Pratonix 6 years ago from Asia

Thank you for reminding us of the good old days. Though life was difficult, people were more loving in those days. Blessings to you, my friend.

Voted up and awesome.


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samsons1 6 years ago from Tennessee Author

thank you Pratonix for your visit, your ratings and your nice comments...


ellinor 6 years ago

Thank you very much for the follow. I like you story about sleeping together, it sounds lovely. I look forward to read more hubs by you


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jacobkuttyta 6 years ago from Delhi, India

Nice hub. It remind me of my childhood days.

Thanks for the reminder.


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samsons1 6 years ago from Tennessee Author

thanks elinor and jacobkuttyta, for your friendships, your visits and your kind comments...


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

I really enjoy read this hub. Very well written. I thought you have great family who love and care each other. You have to grateful with that. Thank you very much. You are kind person and also has good personality, my friend. Have a good day, take care!


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samsons1 6 years ago from Tennessee Author

thank you prasetio30, for your friendship, your visit and your gracious remarks...


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Money Glitch 6 years ago from Texas

Childhood memories are the best. This hub reminded me of my growing up with 2 other sisters in a bedroom. Thank goodness there was room for a full bed and a twin one. Being the oldest I took the twin bed naturally. :) Still fought over whose things took up the most space in the room. LOL, it all seems so silly now. :) Thanks for sharing a part of your childhood.


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samsons1 6 years ago from Tennessee Author

thanks Money Glitch, childhood memories are the best, and I hear that others experienced much of the same. GO VOLS.


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BarrelRoll 6 years ago

Thanks for sharing :)


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samsons1 6 years ago from Tennessee Author

thank you BarrelRoll, for your friendship, your visit and your nice comments...

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