WHY I WAS BUYING A LAMP AT 3 AM – Marilyn Armstrong

And there I was. Amazon. It’s three in the morning and I’m online looking for an inexpensive lamp.  Why? Because Garry managed to fall over getting out of bed.

It was only a matter of time. Because our bedroom is pretty small, there isn’t really room next to his bed for an end table, so he doesn’t have a light he can just reach for so he can see what’s going on. This time, he got all tangled in the thing he uses as an end table (it’s actually a three-legged step-ladder), followed by a solid thump as Garry hit the floor.

Garry’s end of the bed

“Is anything broken?” I asked him.

“No,” he said, limping to the bathroom.

That was it. That man needs a light and someplace he can put the remote control, his glasses, the headphones and a lamp he can turn on with a simple switch. So I bought him a little lamp, much like the one I use — I could have given him the mate to the one I use, but it’s a glow-in-the-dark Snow White lamp and I thought maybe something less girly would be a better “fit.”

My night-light. Garry could have its mate, but I went for something less girlish.

Not that he would really care. He is long past trying to establish his masculinity and has always thought he looked good in pink, especially pink shirts with white collars. And a well done Windsor knot in his tie.

So, in the end, I spent $10 on the lamp, and another $29.75 on two very narrow end tables that should fit into the available space (they are only 13 inches square). It won’t make the room bigger, but at least he can turn on a light and not fall over.

We aren’t getting any younger and a little bruise from twenty years ago feels a  lot bigger today.

Categories: Getting old, Light and Lights

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35 replies

  1. Glad he’s ok. I have become a firm believer in night lights- jut enough to keep an area lit without keeping me awake. I need it pitch dark to sleep!


  2. Ouch. Glad to hear Garry’s okay.


  3. I have terrible night vision so the flashlight app on my phone has become my friend while I am away from home. Glad Garry is OK.


  4. Glad Garry is alright and that you found the fix! 🙂 I’ve had to pull up scatter rugs this past year to keep us on our feet… Who knows what will be next.

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  5. I’m glad nothing was hurt…on Garry or the stuff on the ‘table’….staggering around in the dark, even if it’s a small space can be hazardous to ones’ health, not to mention dignity. You’re an excellent wife, if he didn’t tell you..


  6. Hey WOW! I’d go for a lamp like that. Girly? fine with me.


  7. Sorry about the fall and glad he’s not seriously injured.


  8. Thank heavens Garry didn’t hit his head and knock himself out when he fell. Hopefully, he won’t get tangled in the cord for the new lamp. PS – my husband uses a counter-height dining stool (from Walmart) for a nightstand. Fits well in a small room.


    • I have a counter stool which is currently as a plant stand and I might swap for one of the small tables. Our bedroom is really small and though in theory, we could move the bed about 8″ to the right (which would help) it weighs half a ton, so not really likely. We’ll see how it goes. The little table SHOULD fit okay. The cords are always a mess because Garry doesn’t untangle them … he just keeps pulling until they break, or he trips over them. He is not a neat freak.

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  9. Those side tables are an essential.


  10. When I needed a small table for the front hall, mail and other things land there for both apartments, I went to a resale shop and got one for ten bucks. I too am also long past caring how these things fit the decor of the place.


  11. Lovely choice for a lamp. I sometimes gets on Amazon at night too. It’s fun to look for things there! (◡‿◡✿)


  12. How nice to hear of an American who wishes to wear a pink shirt especially when going to the trouble of tying a proper Windsor knot, very stylish.

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  13. There does come a time whenone needs to scrutinize living arrangements with the eye of a ‘health and safety’ expert. But being human, it’s usually only after an upset that one gets around to actually doing it. Hope Garry is recovering. No fun falling over when you’ve just got out of bed.


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