In the last few days, I have seen people taking advantage of an opportunity to take a nap in several venues. At the airport while picking up my daughter, I almost tripped over a man lying in the middle of the baggage claim area taking a nap. He was stretched out on the carpeted area with his sunglasses on, using his backpack as a pillow. He had headphones in his ears to drown out the noise. I thought to myself, how on earth is he managing to get some sleep with all of this commotion going on. I guessed he had a major layover, with nowhere to go.
Then on Sunday morning, I saw a few people taking a nap during the worship service. It's tough for me to take a nap lying down, so I always wondered how people fall asleep in church sitting straight up. Maybe they are on medication, stayed up too late the night before, or just choose to sleep rather than enjoying the spirit filled services. I had a pastor once who would ask the person seated next to the sleeper to wake them up. It cured a few people of sleeping in church.
We arrived home from church, changed into our comfy clothes and polished off a delicious dinner. My husband went into the mancave and decided to watch a western. It looked like the perfect opportunity for me to take a cat nap. I fell off for a few minutes, but became disappointed that I couldn't get the same nap my husband was getting once he fell asleep during the movie. I found myself jealous that he was enjoying such as peaceful sleep and I wasn't able to. Frustrated, I finally gave up and went to the grocery store to pick up groceries in preparation for the snowstorm. Did anyone else have trouble finding bread?
Today, the second biggest snowstorm of the year came and my place of employment closed for a snow day. Wanting to take advantage of the quiet time, I got up early, got some work done and felt accomplished that I did not waste the day away. Right after lunch, I felt the urge coming on. Sleep was ready to take over. I got my favorite blanket, turned off all of the noise in the room and guess what? I got a nap! It was a short one, but much appreciated. What a pleasure to sleep for just a brief period in the middle of the day. Now I know why they take siestas in Mexico. I'm going to try it again sometime, maybe you should do the same.
Janice R Love, Author
First Lady, Mom, Stepmom and Divorce Ministry Coach