A Bed of Roses

En un Lecho de Rosas

Google images, "A bed of roses!

Google images, “A bed of roses!

Meaning:

We say that someone is on a bed of roses when they are in a very comfortable, pleasant situation. On the other hand if someone is not on a bed of roses, they mean that they are going through very difficult times. A similar expression is “A bowl of cherries.”

Google images, "A bed of roses!

Google images, “A bed of roses!

Origin:

It is said that when Hernan Cortes was torturing Cuauhtemoc so that he confessed where the Aztec treasures were, Cortes complained that he was having difficult times, at which, Cuauhtemoc said that he was not exactly on a bed of roses. Roses are lovely, perfumed, soft-petalled flowers. Well, that is true if we don’t take the thorns (spines) into account. A bed of roses is just a bed of rose petals.

Google images, "A bed of roses!

Google images, “A bed of roses! Click to watch Bon Jovi´s Ben of Roses song

Example:

• When my new co-workers were complaining about the new boss, I told them that for me, he was fine. They didn’t understand why but when I explained to them how things were with the last boss, they all agreed that now we are on a bed of roses.
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