He can’t sleep as well now that he has the pillow??

Cidu Bill on Jan 11th 2013

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32 Responses to “He can’t sleep as well now that he has the pillow??”

  1. Elyrest Jan 11th 2013 at 03:21 pm 1

    Arlo was just fine before Janis gave him the pillow. Now his head and neck are at an uncomfortable angle - this often happens to me on a couch.

  2. Judge Mental Jan 11th 2013 at 03:23 pm 2

    That is it. Which isn’t necessarily to say the pillow is the *reason* he can’t sleep. It could be just a matter of any time one wakes up, it is sometimes difficult to go back to sleep. Regardless, there is irony in the fact that the introduction of the pillow marked the end of his sound slumber.

  3. TrekNoid Jan 11th 2013 at 03:53 pm 3

    Judge has it… This is my life… I fall asleep on the couch, and my wife (intending to be helpful) brings me a pillow… Then I can’t get back to sleep because she woke me up… and I become annoyed that she woke me up from a perfectly good nap.

  4. James Schend Jan 11th 2013 at 03:53 pm 4

    She woke him up to give him the pillow, now he can’t get back to sleep and is annoyed someone has woken him up. I don’t think the position of the pillow matters…

  5. Bill A Jan 11th 2013 at 04:04 pm 5

    He was asleep and awoke to see his wife standing over him with a pillow…a pillow she is holding in a position as if to smother him. She offers him the explanation that she was simply bringing him a pillow. But now he is awake wondering if that was really true. (And yes I know that Arlo and Janis really love each other, but has there ever been a husband or wife who hasn’t thought about doing away with the other, even if it was just a momentary thought.)

  6. That's Me Jan 11th 2013 at 04:10 pm 6

    Bill A beat me to it.

  7. AMC Jan 11th 2013 at 04:11 pm 7

    I also took it as a smothering joke - she hesitated just a second too long debating what to do with the pillow . . . .

  8. Cidu Bill Jan 11th 2013 at 04:13 pm 8

    I’m with Bill A as well: all those years of getting second billing just took their toll on her.

    (as well as suddenly discovering that Arlo is really old enough to have grown up during the earliest days of television)

  9. mdt48302 Jan 11th 2013 at 04:15 pm 9

    Could go either way. A Rorschach kind of cartoon. Johnson really is the best.

  10. dd Jan 11th 2013 at 04:18 pm 10

    I thought he had the sudden thought that she was coming to smother him, judging from her angle over him in the 2nd and 3rd panels.

  11. dd Jan 11th 2013 at 04:21 pm 11

    I swear I refreshed the comments before posting! Oh well.

    Also, TrekNoid, you may want to take note, if you find your wife “bringing you pillows” during a nap… :)

  12. Elyrest Jan 11th 2013 at 04:49 pm 12

    It may well be the smothering thing, but he may also feel smothered in that he didn’t really need to be helped. I’m a little worried about all of you though - what have you all been doing that your significant others have taken to actually smothering you?

  13. Judge Mental Jan 11th 2013 at 05:24 pm 13

    I entertained thoughts of the pillow-smothering explanation (panel 2 sure make for a suspicious looking Janis), but sort of dismissed it due to Arlo’s smiling response in panel 3. I also reasoned that while Arlo wouldn’t have immediately known that he was going to have trouble returning to sleep, if he had any doubts about Janis’ intentions, the moment they most like would have hit him was the instant he awoke to see her standing over him with the pillow inches from his face.

  14. J-L Jan 11th 2013 at 05:39 pm 14

    After reading the comments, I think I agree with the smothering motif.

    I don’t agree that Arlo is annoyed that he was woken up, simply because he’s smiling in the third panel.

  15. Woodrowfan Jan 11th 2013 at 05:45 pm 15

    Bill A got it. He woke up to find his wife standing over him with a pillow. And, as much as they love each other, it made him think, just briefly, “what was she up to?”

  16. mitch4 Jan 11th 2013 at 09:54 pm 16

    Well, you-all have more or less convinced me to one of the smothering-fear readings. But when I saw it originally I noticed his smile in panel 3 and took it as “an Arlo moment” of some sort … he thought he was in for some cuddling, or more, and the dubious look at the end is disappointment.

  17. Elyrest Jan 11th 2013 at 10:02 pm 17

    I like mitch4’s take on cuddling disappointment too. I’m not sold on smothering. Doesn’t feel right to me.

  18. Morris Keesan Jan 11th 2013 at 10:54 pm 18

    I think it’s just being woken up that makes it hard to go back to sleep. It’s reminiscent of the old hospital joke, “Wake up, it’s time for your sleeping pill.”

  19. Cidu Bill Jan 12th 2013 at 12:00 am 19

    Hey, don’t mock the “waking the patient up to take his sleeping pill” routine: many years back, when my cousin had double-pneumonia, my grandmother woke him up to take a sleeping pill — because that’s the sort of goofy thing she did — and it turned out his lungs were full of fluid and if he’d stayed asleep, he probably would have died.

  20. James Pollock Jan 12th 2013 at 01:10 am 20

    It’s the smothering one. Look at panel 2, all by itself.

  21. Boise Ed Jan 12th 2013 at 12:23 pm 21

    But James, if that’s so, why is he smiling in panel 3?

  22. James Pollock Jan 12th 2013 at 01:11 pm 22

    In panel 3, he hears her explanation for why she was hovering over him with a pillow held in both hands, and thinks “Oh, that’s why.”
    But then in panel 4, he adds “or is it?” or the more verbose “did I wake up just in time?”

  23. Don Jan 12th 2013 at 03:05 pm 23

    Put me in the anti-smothering camp. In addition to the smile in panel 3, Arlo would have been shown in wide-eyed terror if he suddenly realized that Janice was about to smother him. As it is, he is just shown annoyed that his nap was interrupted.

  24. Bookworm Jan 12th 2013 at 03:22 pm 24

    From his expression in the 3rd panel, I thought he was hoping she’d join him on the couch.

  25. Mark in Boston Jan 12th 2013 at 03:22 pm 25

    Janis loves Arlo not wisely but too well.

  26. JoeGrunt Jan 12th 2013 at 03:43 pm 26

    Another possible take–

    Yes, she was about to put the pillow over his face, but as a prank. They both are known to prank each other. Panel 4 has him wondering if she was about to prank him, and if he should retaliate….

  27. Kamino Neko Jan 12th 2013 at 05:49 pm 27

    If the smothering idea was what was meant, the last panel is terribly done.

    That’s not a ‘wait what?’ face. That’s not a frightened face, or even a wary face. That’s an annoyed face, much more in line with ’she woke him up to make him more comfortable, and then he couldn’t get back to sleep’ than ‘he jjthinks she meant to smother him’.

  28. UXO Jan 13th 2013 at 12:32 pm 28

    I can’t believe there’s any dispute here. He wakes up, groggy, and sees her with a pillow. He initially accepts her explanation with a sleepy smile. Only later does the penny drop regarding her position over him, and he has second thoughts. It’s a total “Wait… what?” situation.

  29. Lost in A**2 Jan 13th 2013 at 01:12 pm 29

    I’ve tried twice to make a comment, but both attempts disappeared. So . . .

    A few days ago, Mr. Johnson put this strip on his blog, arloandjanis dot com , with the title “The Little Sleep.” I thought the title meant a nap. Today, some three days later, I finally recognised the reference.

  30. Mark in Boston Jan 13th 2013 at 08:18 pm 30

    Is “The Little Sleep” a take on “The Big Sleep” or “The Little Death” (”le petit mort”)?

  31. Lost in A**2 Jan 13th 2013 at 08:53 pm 31

    “The Big Sleep” was what struck me this morning.

  32. UXO Jan 14th 2013 at 09:10 am 32

    Mark In Boston: I had the same thought, and concluded that, based upon my interpretation of the strip, it’s a deliberate mashup of both. Makes sense, right?

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