Dec 11, 2012

The Green Puff

Can you feel it. Can you feel it?

Today is my brother Don’s 62nd birthday. I am lying under a duvet, the first I have owned, because I am informed that the Green Puff is no longer serviceable. I have a cold and I am feeling bereft.

One of the best things about our childhood, the Green Puff, is in a state of serious decline. But I could never abandon the Green Puff. So I will find someone to sew up the rips in it, and I will take it to another dry cleaner who will tell me it will disintegrate if they try to clean it.

We lived in Denver as kids and just about this time of year, the Green Puff would appear on our parents’ bed. It never occurred to us that they might use the Green Puff, we considered it our domain.  Exclusively.

Resembling but bettering your average counterpane, the Green Puff is a 8′ x8′  blanket of emerald green velvet luxury.  Denver  was more than fifty years ago.

When my father died, Don got the Green Puff. It might be Green Puff II but I know it is at least thirty, maybe even forty years old…In a truly heroic gesture, Don gave me the Green Puff on my fiftieth birthday:  a giant bankie.   Thirteen years later, we are retiring the Green Puff… But I will not get rid of it, no matter what.

It is the very definition of a comforter. It has comforted me through many a night … cold and not so cold. It has seen me through good times and bad times.  I have had a cold under the Green Puff.  I have been depressed under the Green Puff.  I have been hung over under the Green Puff.  From childhood to adulthood, it has been my friend.

My husband has been patient with me until now, when we have gotten the marital duvet…which reminds him of his childhood, of good times and bad, of sickness and sadness, and no doubt, of being hung over,

1 Comment

  • Frame portions of the green puff with special family portraits on top of it it, under glass–that will last almost forever. You will likely have plenty of puff to do a great gallery for both you and Don. That is, if you can bear to cut it to pieces.

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Gloria. Circa 1955.



Gloria. Circa 2012.




Other than working for the American Red Cross in Korea for two years, Gloria Garvey has lived in Hawai`i since 1971. Her opinion and other writing has appeared in: The American Philatelist. Honolulu Weekly, The Honolulu Advertiser, The Honolulu Star Bulletin, The Star Advertiser, Hawai`i Reporter, Pacific Business News, Island Scene, The Design Management Journal.

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