It’s hard not to love pillows. They offer us a place to rest our weary heads at night and prop us up when watching a movie. And they also tempt our dark side on occasion. Look at that younger sibling watching cartoons without a care in the world. Wouldn’t a wallop to the side of his or her head feel pretty good right about now? And maybe that lull in the slumber party festivities needs a kickstart – with one mere swat from a pillow quickly escalating into an all-out slugfest of puffy proportions. The bottom line is – wherever there are a stack of pillows and a few unsuspecting souls, the time is ripe for a pillow fight.
There is no “Pillow Fighting Rule Book,” no age limits and only one object – to knock your opponent(s) silly, while carefully watching your back for stealth attacks. The confrontations range from mano-a-mano to a free-for-all battle between a group of people. And what starts out as the former can quickly escalate into the latter, as it isn’t difficult to entice more people to join in on the fun. No protective gear is required for a pillow fight, and generally speaking, the only casualties are usually the pillows themselves. A small rip in one of the seams can quickly lead to a blizzard of stuffing or feathers.
That’s not to say that a proper pillow fight won’t elicit plenty of squeals, shrieks and screams, but they are generally of the joyous type, the expression of irrepressible glee. This does assume, however, that all participants are willing. The older sister studying for her SATs is probably not in the mood for a playful pummeling. And deep down inside, you know this. Still, that pillow is whispering to you, tempting you to show your bad side. And few among us possess the amount of self-control necessary to resist the evil seeds planted by these puffy protagonists.
Are you reminded of battles won or lost in your childhood? Ever accidentally knocked a lamp clear across the room amidst one of these wars? Share your tales of pillow fights past with all of us in our comments section, as we fondly remember one of the only times you could hit a sibling with an object and get away with it.