Monday, August 15, 2022

Pillow Talk

Can we talk pillows?  

I love throw pillows.  But they can’t just be pretty or match my room decor; they have to “speak” to me, to give a message with special meaning or have pictures on them that tell a story relating to our family.

These two on the couch in the family room speak for themselves—and for me, too.

This toile beauty with an image of St. Peter’s Basilica is precious for two reasons: it was a lovingly handmade gift from our firstborn’s wife Regina; and it depicts ROME, my husband’s favorite European destination during his years as an international airline pilot, and the city that will always have a special place in my heart, too, after the three trips we took there together before the world shut down in 2020 (one of them a week-long dream vacation, two of them 4-day working trips where he flew there and back and I tagged along). 

These matching pillows on our living room couch, with their vintage Parisian advertisements, are meaningful to me for a number of reasons as well.  My husband flew many trips to France, and the first time I ever flew across the pond to Europe was when I accompanied him on a working trip to Nice in 2011.  Plus, I took francais in high school and in college, so you know, I’m a bit of a Francophile I guess.  (Although I must say that I’d take Italy over France any day of the week and twice on dimanche).

This last one in the living room says it all.  After five years in VA, I rarely think about our old house in NH anymore, the one I left in tears after 26 memory-filled years.

This is where my heart is now.  I miss this place terribly when we’re away. This is HOME.  The pillow doesn't lie.

What about you?  Do you love throw pillows, too?  Talk to me!

P.S. The impetus for this post is that we're in the car today, on our way back to VA.  We'll be there for almost a week, so that we can attend the 5th birthday party of our triplet grandchildren--and also to just check on the house and reconnect with all of our VA peeps.  As wonderful as our lakeside summer in NY has been, I miss my life there very much!  So I am looking forward to a little time at my home sweet home.  


  1. Safe safe travels as you head home. Isn't it amazing how the heart can grow and change about where you think of as home? I know "Home is where the heart is" is a cliche, but it's actually true. I can't believe the triplets are 5! That's unreal how fast time flies.

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