Last night, before going to bed, I was chatting with my third aunt, who came for a short visit since weekend. We had a hilarious time laughing. One of the funniest story was regarding a water bed.
My first aunt decided to try something new and bought a water bed for herself. I think, in the 1990s, it was probably the “in thing” to have a water bed at home. Imagine, a king sized water bed cost RM3,500, some 20 years ago. It was a super luxury.
We – teenager then, disliked the water bed. It was so difficult to manage. Once, I think my aunt woke up in a puddle of water because she didn’t screw the cap properly after refilling it with water. We said, luckily she didn’t drown in it while she slept.
Also, because we had to help to keep refilling the water once a week, my aunt got fed up and started to pump up more water than usual to avoid the weekly chore, which resulted in overly puffed up bed!
Once, our grandma paid us a visit together with our grandaunt. So both of them had to bunk in together in the water bed. My late grandmother was sitting on the water bed preparing to get to bed. Then our late grandaunt, who was slightly on the plump side decided to plonk herself on the other side of the bed. The “ripple effect” of the water bed nudged my poor, frail grandmother to the floor! Haha! That was hilarious. Luckily my grandmother wasn’t hurt.
My third aunt commented that, she didn’t know how my first aunt could sleep in such a bed! Even by just switching position, she would have gotten seasick!
Somehow, we were glad that the water bed was replaced by a normal mattress after five years of maintaining that piece of crap. Nevertheless, I think we indeed had fun memories to share about the water bed craze.