Couples will fight over bed pillows, but some thoughtful pillow shopping can bring pillow equality and maybe some peace.
The pillow war between my wife and I escalated dramatically. I had recently become the proud owner of an ultra-soft queen-sized pillow that I encased in a luxurious silk pillowcase and she was covetous. In the nightly chaos of propping ourselves up to read in bed, the pillow would somehow always find its way under my wife’s head.
Her tactics were, frankly, brilliant. She leveraged her ability to fall asleep quickly and early, knowing that I’d be up long after she’d gone to sleep. Inevitably, at 11 pm, I would attempt to snuggle down with my pillow only to find my wife cuddled around it, snoring daintily. She knew I would never tear it away from her. I couldn’t bring myself to be so cruel.
Like many married couples, my wife and I had been battling over bed pillows for years. The soft mounds we slept on were a strange assemblage of those purchased when we were single and those that were bought on a whim. Some came into the house as wedding gifts; others were bought for kids. No two pillows were the same. They each had their own quality. Some were squishy, some were flat and lifeless; others were made of heavy dense memory foam. And because every pillow was different, finding the right combination was key.
Our pillow set-up seemed pretty basic. Aside from the uncomfortable decorative pillows that spent more time on the floor than the bed, we each had two pillows, as limited by the number of matching pillowcases at any given time. Her preference was for soft…
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