I have a very high bed. When they delivered the bed a few years ago – which I bought online – I was a little stunned. I have to practically jump to get on it. A step stool would not be out of the question. Because of how high the bed is, I’ve always been reminded of the Princess and the Pea fairy tale.
From Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Princess_and_the_Pea)
The story tells of a prince who wants to marry a princess, but is having difficulty finding a suitable wife. Something is always wrong with those he meets, and he cannot be certain they are real princesses.
One stormy night (always a harbinger of either a life-threatening situation or the opportunity for a romantic alliance in Andersen’s stories), a young woman drenched with rain seeks shelter in the prince’s castle. She claims to be a princess, so the prince’s mother decides to test their unexpected unwitting guest by placing a pea in the bed she is offered for the night, covered by 20 mattresses and 20 feather-beds.
In the morning, the guest tells her hosts that she endured a sleepless night, kept awake by something hard in the bed; which she is certain has bruised her. The prince rejoices. Only a real princess would have the sensitivity to feel a pea through such a quantity of bedding. The two are married, and the pea is placed in the Royal Museum.
Okay, I confess, this fairy tale has always been goofy to me. It has never made any sense. Most fairy tales have a moral, but I can’t figure out what the moral of this story is.
You’re only a princess if your skin is sensitive? Or if you feel things below your mattress?
The princess is pretty arrogant, I think, announcing to her hosts that she didn’t sleep well. What kind of guest does that? I think Andersen should have titled the fairy tale The Twit and the Pea.