Without further ado, I present to you...Explaining Throw Pillows to Boys.
Boys hate throw pillows. I don't know why, but I have never met a boy who can appreciate the aesthetic value of a good throw pillow. All they do is throw them on the floor and complain that they take up room on the couch. Seriously...the shams that came with EJ's comforter started on the bed, moved to the floor, and now permanently reside in the top of his closet. It is a travesty, really.
So Leah and I got to talking. If we wanted to live with these boys some day, how the heck were we going to explain to them that throw pillows are just non-negotiable?!
We did some brainstorming.
Boys' Major Complaints:
1) They take up too much room.
2) They're expensive.
3) The patterns are too girly.
4) Where do I put them while I'm sleeping?
5) I just don't get it.
Our Counter Arguments (AKA, how and why we ended up with beautiful throw pillows on our couches):
1) Less room means more snuggles.
Maybe not the most effective argument, but they do make the couch comfier. And you don't have to search for a pillow when you want to take an unscheduled Saturday couch nap, and that is always a winner in my book.
2) They're a long term investment.
I'm not going to sit here an deny that throw pillows are ridiculously priced, because they are. My parent's once spent $80 on two pillows. That's like food for a week or two for me...and given the choice I'd rather eat. But there are cheaper alternatives! Hitting up TJ Maxx or Home Goods can yield some cheap pillow finds to spruce up your living room! And as long as you take good care of them and try not to use them as a lap table for couch eating (ahem, LEAH), then you can keep them for a while. Voila, long term investment.
3) Not all patterns have to be girly...and I take it this means you want to help with the decorating?
Hit them with that argument and you can enjoy all of the coral chevron and teal quatrefoil that you want. Unless you're Leah, because Chris hates chevron. Let me tell you, she's a saint. I would've dumped EJ for such a statement.
4) The floor is fine for sleeping, but when you make the bed just put them back.
I personally love making my bed everyday. Maybe it's that weird studio apartment thing where there is literally a window between my bed area and my couch area, but a well-made bed just makes things look infinitely cleaner. Plus, throw pillows keep the cats from sleeping on my actual pillow while I'm at school. You can't fight the logic of Peek's fluffy butt and a mouth full of cat hair
5) You're not supposed to get it.
You're a boy. There are certain things that you just aren't supposed to get. Like why I need 15 pairs of shoes and 50 pairs of underwear. Or why it takes me 20 minutes to shower when you can do it in 5. It's just in my DNA, okay? And my DNA loves throw pillows. And you love me, sooo does that mean I can keep them?