Never Enough

Having been married to my lovely Bride for a couple of decades now, I’ve learned that there are some things of which you can never have too many. I used to think you could have too much of a good thing. I was wrong.

I have discovered that there are three things of which you can never have enough. The three things are, of course, pillows, flip-flops, and picture frames. Prior to being wed to Ms. Denise, I had assumed the only thing you could never have enough of was garlic. My mantra (in the kitchen, at least) was always, “There’s no such thing as too much garlic.”

Not only have I had to add three things to the list, I’ve had to drop the tasty allium from the roster. Apparently, there IS such a thing as too much garlic. Who knew? We still use quite a bit of it, but somewhere, there’s a line that can be crossed.

Silly Me

Not so with pillows, however. I used to think that one on a twin bed and two on a doublewide would be adequate. Silly me. I have learned through the process of marital bliss that having merely two pillows on a bed is a travesty. Now that I am a bona fide househusband, I dutifully place thirty-seven pillows on my freshly made bed each morning. (I might be overestimating that a tad, but not by much.) I admit that we have a king size bed, but we augment that with king size shams. Isn’t that enough?

I once argued with my spouse that we had way too many pillows on our sleeper. But then, I went to an assisted care facility to see an elderly parishioner of mine. She had one tiny room, a closet, and a bathroom. There was barely enough room for her twin bed, a dresser, and a couple of chairs. It was comfortable enough, but the startling thing about my visit with her was the fact that I counted ten pillows on her twin bed. Okay. Maybe I can live with thirty-seven on our king.

Milk and Honey

I ran across a Proverb that says, “If you find honey, eat just enough—too much of it, and you will vomit.” I don’t mean to gross you out, but don’t you think the same principle might apply to pillows? Obviously, we don’t eat pillows, but I’m guessing you know what I mean. That same Proverb goes on to say, “Seldom set foot in your neighbor’s house—too much of you, and they will hate you.” I think I see a theme developing here. 

When Moses was leading the people of Israel through the desert, God provided them with manna (bread from Heaven). Each day, the people were to go out and gather exactly what they needed for the day. If they took extra and attempted to store it, it became maggot-infested and stunk up the joint. (Excuse me while I go to the basement and deodorize our extra picture frames.)

[Dave Zuchelli is a graduate of Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and currently resides in Aldie, VA.]

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