Anyway, for awhile now, I have been casually looking for a husband pillow. A husband pillow has a high, firm back and short armrests. It is perfect for sitting up and reading in bed. They seem to have gone out of vogue somewhat. I remember my parents having at least one when I was a child, and they seemed to me to be the height of bedtime functionality and comfort. My sister and I were at Target this Fall. I had difficulty explaining to her just what a husband pillow was, and she kept helpfully pulling body pillows and giant square things off the racks. But alas, there were no husband pillows to be found at Target.
My sister remembered my quest for the elusive husband pillow, in whose arms I could spend a lifetime of reading comfort. This evening we had our family Christmas, and my sister presented me with a boyfriend pillow. A boyfriend pillow is a pillow with an arm attached to it. You lay your head on the pillow's "chest," and the arm wraps around you, protectively. It is extremely comfortable. After cuddling with the pillow for awhile, the arm starts to get warm. The button down shirt is removable, so it could be washed in the inevitable event of drool. I might monogram the pocket or keep pens there. My boyfriend pillow might get a name. Kudos to my sister for her exceptional, thoughtful shopping find.
There are many things I like about being single, but not cuddling at bedtime is not one of them. Perhaps someday I'll trade in for a human pillow, but tonight I'll be sleeping in the warm embrace of my boyfriend pillow and drooling contentedly on its blue, button down shirt. We all need someone (or something) to lean on.