This morning started like most mornings, waking up, stretching, bathroom, etc etc. One of my friends from Cali is visiting and we were scheduled to meet up with another friend of hers this morning, a nice Saturday brunch. So, I jumped in the shower seeing as I was up early and had the time for a nice shower even before breakfast…sometimes, you just need that! My friend popped her head out of her room and said plans had been cancelled.
"WHAT? Can't hear you! Wait till I'm out of shower!" I yelled back. I had some serious showering to do here…under the spray, washing my hair, letting the water run… oh, heavenly!
After I got out, she popped out of her room again to let me know brunch plans cancelled and we can do this or that, and she told me how tired she was. I told her she could go back to sleep, after all, she's on vacation!
So, after she goes back to bed, I happen to look outside from my room, and….
there is a mattress. In my yard. Just propped up there. What the hell?!? Now, remember, I haven't had coffee yet, I just got out of the shower, and I haven't even put my glasses on yet. But, there is a mattress in my yard.
It wasn't there last night. Why would someone put a mattress in my yard overnight?? And with all this rain that we've been getting? It'll be soaked! Ew gross!
A few thoughts ran through my head…
First I thought that maybe my friend that stayed here had put it there temporarily and then forgot to get it (she had taken the seats out of her SUV and had a mattress in the back for traveling.) I quickly dismissed that because although she came over to pick up a few items she'd forgotten at my house, she didn't take a mattress out of her SUV and leave it in my yard. And if she had, she would have told me about it. So, no, that's not it.
Then, today being garbage day, I thought maybe some neighbor or mine had wanted to throw it out, but the garbage doesn't take large items on Saturday, so instead of lugging it back home, they dumped it in my yard because it's so close to the curb. I didn't understand why they would do this and it seemed unlikely, but then again, I do live in Florida and people here are known to do strange things!
Then, I thought maybe another friend of mine left it in my yard as a joke. She's a total night bird…she and her hubby rarely get to bed before 5am, but they are in the process of moving, so maybe they had an extra mattress and brought it over during the night? Again, unlikely, because she usually asks if I want things ahead of time-it's not like her to just bring something over. hmmm...
So, I went out to look at it a bit, but not too close! I just opened the door and looked at it from about 15 feet away. I was like the ape from 2001 circling the monolith, this strange contraption that just landed in my world. Don't get too close! What is that thing? Why is it here? I did see it was meant for a child though. Again, don't get close and go back inside, where it's safe! You never know what that baby mattress could do!!
Then, I thought that maybe it was for my niece's baby shower today, that maybe someone had this mattress for the shower and didn't want to lug it all over the place and so plopped it at my place because it's on the way to the shower? (yes, I realize how stupid that sounds, but again, I haven't even had coffee yet.)
I grabbed my phone and checked for any messages. Nothing. Hmmmm…you'd think if someone decided to borrow my yard as a temporary holding space, they would at least leave a message, no? No. So, I called my sister (it's her daughter having the baby), and asked if she dropped it off, or if she knows who dropped it off. No. And she was just as perplexed as I was, and stated very clearly that a baby mattress had not even been on the list of things needed. However, she had had her coffee, and asked, "Is there a note on it?"
Oh, good thinking. Yesyes, let me go see if there is a note. Goodgood. As I got closer, I was relieved to see it wrapped in plastic and protected from the elements. Phew. It's brand new. But no note. At this point, I was a bit more confident about this strange mattress in my yard, and I (gasp!) even dared touch it to see a shipping label at the top. Where was it supposed to go? AHA!! I was right (well, sort of…)
It belonged to some neighbors! It had been mistakenly delivered to my place instead of theirs!! I walked over to their building, and went and knocked on the door, to let them know they had a mattress waiting for them at my place.
This woman came out with the cutest little baby boy, and sure enough, the mattress was meant for him. I told her how I woke up with this mattress in my yard and was completely perplexed as to how it had arrived in my yard overnight and she said it was to be delivered today. AH! yes, that made sense! Delivery came early today! It wasn't put there overnight!! AHA!! Yes! Total sense!
I need coffee.