SOL2015 March 21 - The Eternal Mystery of Pillows and Cushions



It has been said that the bed is the culprit in the pillow proliferation of our  modern sleeping zones. Pillows and cushions have progressively and mysteriously multiplied over the years. The bed has become an art installation.  It’s a work on display for all to see. Check out the profusion of pillows. Somewhere under all those piled pillows, there is a bed. Can you believe that?  Some of these puffed up shapes even have designated roles, such as the Euro, the Sham (how appropriate is that dear reader?) and the most essential,  Scatter Cushion. But despite the name, Scatter is rarely just plonked on the bed.  It has a designated position. How do I know this? Well, I am frequently pilloried for my random positioning of the scatter cushions ( yes, we have more than one).

I am considered uncouth around cushions and pillows. I have failed to absorb the relevant information it seems. These prima donna cushions have  pre-determined positions and I am  clearly not privy to that  particular secret. So, when we hear the term, pillow talk, we must understand that in the current era it has many shades of meaning.


At the end of each day, we play a game, where’s the bed hiding? Under all those pillows and cushion you silly billy!  Our generous collection is jettisoned then stacked strategically on the floor, forming a strategic hazard in the event one should  need to go walking in the gloom of night, for any particular reason. They are the landmines of the boudoir.  In the end only one pillow really counts and that’s the one you rest your weary head upon. The rest are frippery – in my extremely humble opinion. Night all. I might count pillows inside of sheep…


Comments

  1. You have such a way with playing with language Alan! Love this slice and how you take something so simple and provide such creative commentary. Thank you for sharing it!!!

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  2. I probably never thought I would read a slice about pillows and cushions atop a bed. Counting pillows at least doesn't come with the possibility of being stepped on or having farm yard orders in your dreams!

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  3. Your use of vocabulary is so thoughtful and thought provoking. I was amused and enlightened by this post. I might have thought you were exaggerating about the amount of pillows if you had not included the picture. No matter the subject, I always know that your writing will be entertaining and worthwhile.

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  4. Thanks for the new word- pilloried. Took a moment to look it up on thefreedictionary.com.

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  5. I love that new word - pillored! I wish I could make my bed up to look like that in the morning, but my husband is fast asleep when I leave in the dark. Then, when I get home, I say, "Why bother?" I will be in bed in 2 hours or less!

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  6. LOVE pillows!!! Thanks Alan for giving me a moment to remember the pillows I loved on our bed in Cancun. Two always came with me when I moved from bed to porch lounge to watch the sunrise. Ahhhh...memories :)

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  7. The good thing is, if you DO have to get up in the gloom of night, when you fall over a pillow it will be a nice soft landing! You need to take a pillow tossing class.

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  8. Oh, how you make me laugh! My favorite has to be "landmines of the boudoir" but frippery is a close second. Don't even ask how much these pillows for show cost. So enjoy the look, before you sleep.

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  9. Great use of language to make even a mundane subject interesting! Thanks for making me smile.

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  10. Fun sing song read about something we all do everyday but never stop to ponder. Why do we fill the bed with pillows? Hmm.

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  11. I'm reading this in my bedroom, opposite a bed with 8 pillows. Yikes.

    enuf sd.

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  12. Ha! I know this bed. Such great words: frippery and the land mines of the boudoir. If only pillows could talk.

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  13. Taking the ordinary and making it come to life beautifully makes your writing engaging and humorous.

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  14. Taking the ordinary and making it come to life beautifully makes your writing engaging and humorous.

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