What are you doing, those pillows are for show!

Three Pillows - 1

Just the other week, my wife and I were talking about things we saw for sale in the Sunday paper. I mentioned kind of liking the idea of having a Slingbox and my wife was eying up a bedding sale at Boscov’s. Like usual, my interest was passing and I didn’t give the Slingbox a whole lot of though. My wife, on the other hand, decided that the sale on bedding was too good to pass up.

Before heading out to Boscov’s to make her purchase, my wife made an attempt at getting my opinion on the bedding. I’ve never cared much what the blankets that I sleep on look like, but she tried to get an opinion out of me anyway. After about thirty seconds of looking, I told her they all looked about the same to me and that she should definitely make the decision on her own.

A bit frustrated with my blowing her off, she made her way out to the store. She wound up coming home with a $249.99 bedding set marked down to about $90.00. Inside this massive bag were eleven pieces that appeared more complicated to me than a Rubik’s Cube.

The following day, after sending all the new items through the wash, they found their way onto the bed. While the end result was a bit frilly for my taste, I can’t complain about the color scheme and pattern. Topping it all off were three pillows of different shape and size. I thought that was kind of odd, why would one bed have such a strange combination of pillows to match the bedding?

Wanting to give the new bedding a test drive, I stretched out on the bed and flipped on the television while my wife was occupied in the living room. After a few minutes, I looked over to see my wife entering the bedroom with a pained look on her face. She blurts out “What are you doing, those pillows are for show! Get off of those pillows before you mess everything up!”.

Not knowing proper pillow etiquette, I leaped up and out of the bed. In an instant my wife was readjusting the pillows behind me and smoothing out the wrinkled comforter. Up until now we have only ever used regular pillows and a comforter. I wasn’t aware that some of the things placed on a bed were merely to look at rather than having a practical use.

I guess that perhaps I’m a bit of a brute. Up until now I had no idea there was such a thing as pillow etiquette. Would some of my bed-savvy readers care to fill me in on any others gems of wisdom that I may need to know, before I upset my loving wife further?


Hi There, My name is Walt White and as the name of this blog suggests, I am a Pennsylvania resident. In addition to having numerous hobbies that I discuss on my blog - I’m also the father of three little girls and a pitbull.

8 thoughts on “What are you doing, those pillows are for show!

  1. Walt, I’m with you. I just don’t get the idea of having decorative pillows. My wife bought the same setup. I have to admit, the packaging company does one hell of a job cramming all that stuff into such a small bag.

    Another one of my wife’s quirks is down in the dining room. We have a china cabinet that housed china that has yet to see the light of day. The china is a full set for 12 and it’s been in the cabinet for 10 years!!! I told my wife that the day that she decides to use this china for anything, we should have a ribbon cutting ceremony.

    I sitll think you should get a Slingbox!! I have one and love the damn thing. TV whenever and where ever you are!! They even have an app for your Iphone / Itouch.

    1. I’ve been giving more and more thought to getting a Slingbox. Did the research to make sure it wasn’t a subscription service then started shopping around. I think it will be going on my Christmas list (and if I don;t get one, guess I’ll have to but it for myself, lol).

      1. One of these days, when I catch you on Facebook, I’ll let you log on to my SlingBox remotely so you can get a feel fo it.

      2. If you travel a lot, Slingbox is good, other than that it isnt worth it in my book.

        Example – my sister has to travel to Pittsbugh every month for a couple days and she is a HUGE Flyers fan. Of course you cant get the Flyers games in Penguins territory, so she was thinking of getting a slingbox tso she could watch the stuff when she travels for work. THAT is what it is good for.

        So to sum it up – if you dont travel a lot, I think your money would be better spent on more cigars or some more reading material, as you would get more use and enjoyment out of those 😉


        1. Mike,
          In the spring and summer I spend a fair amount of time out in the yard with the dog. Often times I grill up dinner and have a cigar while the weather is nice. I think it would be nice during some of these times to be able to catch something that is going on, on television, outside using my laptop.

          While I don’t see the slingbox as something that I would use often, it is definitely something that I would find extremely convenient for those once or twice per week occurrences where I could use it.


          1. Walt, you beat me to the punch. I was going to post the exact same thing you mentioned. I’ve taken my laptop outside plenty of times and enjoyed a smoke while watching something that is on DVR or a game that’s on.

  2. Oh my friend, my wife tried this ONCE – lol

    I asked my wife how many people we were going to be entertaining in the bedroom and I could easily come up with some names to bring to bed if she wanted 🙂 Once she stopped being pissed, she admitted that nobody will probably see the bedroom at all except us and it was a pain o remove and put the pillows back on the bed every day.

    If you dont want to be as mean as I am, give it time, she will probably get the shits of taking them off and putting them back on also 😉


  3. I have run into this situation too Walt and it really makes no sense at all. I don’t understand the purpose of having pillows that serve no purpuse but decoration. It literally takes 1 min. to take all the pillows off to go to bed and another minute to place them all back in order to look perfect(for who I have no clue). If you make the bed each day for a year that is approx. 12 hrs a year putting pillows on a bed that serve no purpose. Being the bonehead I am I decide to bring this point to my girlfriend and have her say “but the bed looks pretty”. I have no further comment on the subject because it pains me to think about it. Time to light up a stogie and mess up the bed. haha

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