Random: A Pillow’s Expiration Date

February 2nd, 2013 2 Comments

English: A pile of pillows.

Now I don’t mean to sound sexist with this but…  There is something, among the male gender, that has always perplexed.  It seems, in my experience, that men have some form of issue with replacing certain things when needed.  Why is that?  Is it genetic, social, a mental condition? My particular reference here is to the pillow.  I understand that there are items that “get better with age”.  Such as a well worn pair of shoes, or a car you’ve had for years.  But when your pillow is no longer identifiable as the comfortable head rest it should, it’s time to part ways.

Baby_in_ball_pitWhen I first met my partner he had two pillows.  Both of which were in desperate need of replacing.  They were deformed, separating, lumpy and no longer kept any kind of reasonable form for a peaceful slumber.  I often felt as if I was laying my head on a bag full of those plastic balls you find in old kids play areas.  Soft, sort of, but you sometimes found yourself having trouble breathing if you let you head get too deep.  The same could be said for his blanket, but that’s a whole other matter.  😉

Don’t get me wrong, a brand new pillow drives me nuts too.  Though they are the perfect pillow shape it takes some time to get them just how you want them.  Yet there comes a point when too much of a good thing is no longer good enough.  So I set out to get a couple of new pillows.  Thankfully, my partner was open to the idea, and came along to pick them out with me.  After all, buying a pillow for someone else isn’t as easy as simply knowing their tastes.

_100_5174In any event, once we had our new headrests safely at home I was eager to put them to good use.  It was then, while unpacking them from there plastic wrapping, that I noticed something.  They had an “expiration” date.  Admittedly, I was a little shocked by this.  Have you ever noticed this on your pillows before?  Maybe it’s an Aussie thing.  *shrugs*  Not sure, but I still found it strange anyway.  Although I believe that most expiration dates are more of a guideline than a rule, when it comes to pillows, perhaps they should be adhered to.


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Huh! This might explain why the new pillows I bought a while back don’t seem so new anymore. I always figured they lasted longer. Live and learn!


    I know, right. Shocking what one learns from a stuffed piece of fabric.