I have rid myself of many bed linens. Although I almost always strip the bed, wash and dry the sheets and remake the bed on the same day, I was careful to keep an extra pair of sheets just in case. Recently I checked my #2 pair and find my fitted sheet missing.
I can understand losing a flat sheet. The kids might make a tent out of it or Sammy might have used it as an exercise mat, or Roger might have used it to catch paint drops. But I can think of no reason that a fitted sheet might be snitched.
Having this active mind of mine, I remembered the place sheets have been important in my life. The luxurious feel of bed sheets made out of four feed sacks, smelling like artic ice when they were brought in, having been determined dry enough to take off the clothesline. Sometimes they needed a extra tug to break the ice where the clothespin attacked and the wind did not reach.
Women of that day and social standing were acting in the Proverbs 31 description of a fine lady. It says “she maketh fine linen and selleth it.” Well, it wasn’t very fine and they didn’t sell but they did what they could with what they had.
First twin size bedsheets at the college dorm. No longer dried on a line outside. I don’t remember where I did laundry those days. My cousin roommate and I ironed our sheets.
How hard it was to make a bed when the bed was surrounded by three walls in our maiden trailer home. The bed was built in just to fit. I labored as I stretched across the bed and pulled the far side of the mattress up far enough to tuck in the sheets.
Then I remember my first experience with the fitted sheet! Surely we were far behind the rest of the world when Sears sold the first fitted sheets in Oklahoma City. They were nice—accept for folding (story for another day). So I have done some online research, “history of the fitted sheet.”
I find that I really did live when the fitted sheet was invented. It was invented by a black woman named Bertha Berman who patented her design in 1959. So add fitted sheets to the list of things that I am older than!