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Shopping for a Twin Comforter for an Adult Proved a Challenge

Have you ever noticed how companies stereotype people? Perhaps it’s not necessarily the manufacturers, but the stores who order the products. The fact is someone somewhere is deciding what options we have. I recently had this observation confirmed when I tried to buy a gift for my mother-in-law.

I decided a comforter or quilt would make a fabulous gift for my elderly mother-in-law. If she had a King, Queen, or Full size bed, I would have had a myriad of choices. I found a huge selection of beautiful comforters and quilts in those three sizes. Unfortunately, she does not have one of those sizes.

She switched from a Queen bed to a Twin bed a few years ago when my late father-in-law obtained his hospital bed. She wanted to be able to sleep in the same room with him, which is completely understandable. She chose to keep the Twin bed after he passed away instead of setting up her Queen again.

I visited several brick and mortar stores in my area. I found many lovely Twin comforters for children, but my mother-in-law really isn’t in to Paw Patrol or Disney Princesses. Not all of the Twin size comforters sported cartoon characters, but every one I found was festooned with bright colors or wild patterns.

She wouldn’t enjoy anything with bright colors or cartoons on it. She’s someone who likes muted colors and simple patterns. The only exception would be if I could find a red one with the St. Louis Cardinals logo emblazoned across it. I did look. No such luck. I found some comforters with sports teams, but not the Cardinals. She doesn’t care about any other team.

Even though I struck out with buying a comforter or quilt from a store, I was able to find some nice dove gray fleece sheets. I ordered a matching comforter online and pray it arrives before we celebrate Christmas with her and the kids on Saturday. It’s not uncommon for packages to be delayed this time of year, so all I can do is hope for the best.

I realize that when most people think of Twin beds, they think of kids or college students. Those people are missing the big picture. There are tons of adults who sleep in Twin beds. If you are someone who orders inventory for a brick and mortar store, please keep in mind that not everyone who sleeps in a Twin bed enjoys cartoons, giant orange flowers, or bold stripes. Thank you for reading Ozarks Maven! If you’ve enjoyed my little seeds of wisdom and joy, please subscribe to Ozarks Maven, Like Ozarks Maven on Facebook, or follow me on Twitter @OzarksMaven.

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