Can we talk? It's time for some serious pillow talk, by which I mean a serious talk about pillows! Any discussion of pillows must be approached with great delicacy, because the word itself is fraught with sexual tension. Do I exaggerate? I think not. Pillows represent one of the great divides between man and woman. Allow me to explain.
|Decorative Bed for Summer|
Women just love them and men just don't get them. The whole "pillow obsession" thing is a total mystery to the average straight guy. Within hours of our engagement, fluffy, colorful things in rectangular and square shapes began appearing in my husband's bachelor apartment, which was decorated in muted earth tones; well, let's be brutally honest - boring beige and muddy brown. Get the picture?
I love pillows. As far as I'm concerned, you can never have enough of them. I currently have seven pillows on my summer bed in crisp cottons and linen. In winter, cotton and linen will give way to satin and velvet. Just looking at a bed covered with beautiful pillows makes me want to dive in and lounge about in them.
|My Allegra Enjoying a Cat Nap|
After all, why should my cats have all the fun? Cats and pillows go together like………caviar and crème fraiche.
“Do you think you have enough pillows on the bed?” my husband asked recently. The subtle sarcasm did not escape me. He once complained that by the time he removed them all, he was too tired to make love.
|Contrast in Textures|
He gave me a blank look, “What? Pillows? Why?”
I tried to explain to him about pops of color and textural contrast, but his eyes just glazed over. Against his better judgment, we purchased two burgundy pillows and a print throw for the couch. A few weeks later, a new girlfriend complimented him on his pillows. “Imagine that,” he said. “So, what do you think about some drapes to go with the pillows?”
My little brother had just learned a valuable lesson about women. Of course, I don’t think for a minute that he “got it” – the whole pillow thing. Most men still find it a mystery. But, let’s let Steve (played by Jack Davenport) take on the whole male-female pillow thing in one of the funniest rants you will ever hear on the subject from the BBC’s terrific “Coupling” series.
“Coupling” ran for four seasons (2000-2004), and, as far I’m concerned, the coupling of brilliant writing and a superb cast made it the funniest and most sophisticated sex and relationship comedy TV has ever produced.
In this clip, Steve and Susan are moving in together, and she has taken him, along with a few of their friends, to a furniture store, where Steve is confronted by those bizarre, girlie things that he has no idea what to do with.
In the battle of the sexes, this gives a whole new meaning to the term “pillow fight.”