It's not like they teach you this in school, unless perhaps you got to Martha Stewart's. I checked her web site and sure enough there were lessons on fluffing, or re-fluffing. In fact a quick Google produced hundreds of hits. Apparently it is quite common for the nice fluffy down in your comforter to lose its fluff. So I tried... After washing it, it just came out nice and clean but lots of lumps. I shook it, massaged it and even threatened it without much success. I held it up to the light and there are big spots with out anything at all and huge piles in others. My knees will sweat and my bellybutton shiver. That will never do.
We seem to have a love/hate relationship with fluff. We use it derisively when describing people or ideas but like the marshmallow kind and warmth on beds and pillows. But I guess the older we get, the lumpier we are. I think my waistline is way too lumpy from eating too much fluff. Maybe I need to climb into the dryer and get my fluff redistributed? Or maybe the treadmill will help my fluff. Maybe I should chase some geese around the golf course and get some new fluff? Here geesey geesy...
We all get down and lumpy. The solution is to get the right amount of fluff and make sure it's distributed well. Too much of a good thing is, well, still too much. If we were all full of down, we'd be depressed and too hot. But a little down helps us appreciate happiness. If we were always happy, we might night ever be able to learn from sad. But without any fluff, we are pretty flat and boring.
So we have to take time for fluff in our lives. Meaningless, pointless things perhaps but they bring our hearts joy. From the secret indulgences to the work avoiding day-dreams, it is important to take time for the unimportant. It's what helps us refresh and focus on the other lumpy stuff we have to deal with.
A little indulgence never hurt anyone. Shake it out, tumble it around and have some fun now and then. It will change your attitude. You won't be able to comfort anyone unless you are well-balanced.
Fluff it up.