Napping is a great art form. Naps are taken by all ages. All creatures. Taking a nap on a cool fall afternoon is a wonderful luxury and should be afforded by all.
Fall afternoons and naps seem to go hand in hand.
Disclosure** If after you read this blog post, you feel heavy-eyed, it is not my writing. It is the subject matter!
“Think what a better world it would be if we all, the whole world, had cookies and milk about three o’clock every afternoon and then lay down on our blankets for a nap.” Barbara Jordan
Barbara may be on to something.
“I usually take a two-hour nap from one to four.” Yogi Berra
Although I am writing about fall afternoon naps, I have never been much of a napper. I don’t nap well. I wake up feeling like a truck hit me or like I have the flu—no energy, and almost always feel worse than before I gave in to the catnap.
Although, when you are that heavy-eyed, there is nothing more satisfying than giving in.
It always seems I am so much more drowsy when it is impossible to give into the nap—like at church or in class. I remember being in class and starting the head-nod. Ouch, it hurts deep. You. Need. To. Give. In. But, you can’t. You nod off and then wake yourself up violently. You can’t give in. You think, “if only I were at home?”
The other side of this is when you are at home, laying on the couch or somewhere else comfortable, reading a great book. And then, the sleepy bug sets in. You can’t hold your eyes open. You get real sleepy, so sleepy, it hurts. You start the head-nod. You fight it for a minute but then you think, “ah, I can. I can give in.” And so, you do.
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“I catnap now and then, but I think while I nap, so it’s not a waste of time.” Martha Stewart
Just writing these words about napping, on this perfect fall afternoon, has me with heavy eyes and a heavier than usual head.
I am writing in my sunroom, with my pups napping beside me, and I think I could nod off. The couch, loaded with pillows and blankets, brilliant place for napping. There is the sound of football in the background. And, a fan. The sun is streaming in from the glass ceiling above me, warming my head.
Should I attempt a nap today? For research, you know?
I believe there are ages for naps. Times of your life when it is not only okay to nap; it is understood that you will. Napping is vital to get through your day.
The first age, of course, is when you are a child. You are made to take a nap. Even if you don’t want to. I remember being made to nap. It was miserable if you had important stuff to do—like play.
The second time of your life is during your college days. You stay up too late studying (and having fun!) and you get up too early to attend that class you are trying not to nap in. You must nap in the afternoon. It is vital to your day.
The third and last stage of the nap-age is when you are older. My dad and my father-in-law nap everyday. They deserve this right. They have worked hard their entire lives and they have earned the right to a guilt-free nap. Daily.
I feel I am in-between nap ages. I am too old to college nap, but I am too young to deserve a nap.
I hope by the time I deserve it, I will be better at it. I don’t like waking up more tired and fussy than when I nodded off.
My husband is pretty good at it. The sound of golf on TV lulls him to sleep. I suppose he dreams of golf?
The Bible tells us several times to rest. Especially on Sundays. It is the official rest day. Many people have forgotten this. We shop on Sundays. Play on Sundays. And we work on Sundays.
Exodus 34:21 “Six days you shall work, but on the seventh day you shall rest. In plowing time and in harvest you shall rest.”
Sundays. And in fall.
Like the farmers. They rest after harvest.
Rest doesn’t come as easy in summer because even though summer should be a quieter, calmer time, we all know it isn’t. Too many fun activities to be had.
One of my favorite scriptures is two simple words. I live by this when I’m worried, too much in my own head or if I am tired and stressed. “Be Still.”
Psalm 46:10 “Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”
The Bible tells us we should rest. So, we should.
I am going to leave you with these words and I think I may give in today. I might curl up beside my pups, who are well on their way, and on this fall day. I will give in to the head-nod.
After all, who is better at napping than dogs.
Proverbs 3:24 “If you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.”
Sweet dreams, my friend.
I hope for you naps. I hope for you rest.
love and blessings~dd
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