June 04, 2005

Summer Nap

The weather has turned hot and humid. On days like this, I look at the dishes to be done, the bathrooms to be cleaned, the piles of stuff on my desk - and none of it seems anything I can tackle. The heat makes my energy level drop until a nap is really only the logical choice of activities. I can do housework in the early morning when the house is still cool, and tonight I'll probably enjoy an air conditioned movie theater with my husband, but in the afternoon of a hot summer day, the only thing that works for me is a nap.

I settle into the comfy couch, just below the open windows. Around me kids are playing cards and battling with light sabres that make strange humming noises. I can hear bird song, and the occasional tinkling of the wind chimes. I pull the pillows around me until my body fits perfectly. I doze off thinking about camp -- the cool shade of the oak trees, the icy chill of the river water, and the way the wind rushes across the rocks.

8 comments:

PPB said...

sounds like a lovely way to drift off.

Friday Mom said...

Gosh, I wish I would have read this earlier when AM was trying to talk me into taking a nap with her instead of working. I clearly missed out on a good way to spend the day!

RussianViolets said...

Taking my contact lenses out now for a nice twilight nap. :-)

Scrivener said...

I could never in a million years fall asleep while there were people playing games around me. I would be absolutely driven to get up and go play with them. This is why I basically didn't sleep for my freshman year of college--I can't sleep if there's someone awake somewhere who is willing to talk to me or to do something, so a dorm is no place for me.

BrightStar said...

My husband can nap anywhere, like on command. Nap attack. He takes short naps at his desk at work. He can fall asleep immediately on airplanes. I'm not a napper normally, except on days like today -- I actually did have a nap -- but not among people making all kinds of noise!

What movie did you see?

jo(e) said...

Scrivener: Now I understand why you never get any sleep. I think the internet is worse for you than any college dorm ever was.

Brightstar: We didn't end up at the movies after all. We had to go to a parade early evening because the high school band was marching in it and we didn't get home in time. So we got sandwiches and took a walk at duckpond instead.

Danny said...

Taking a nap while a light-saber battle takes place mere feet away. Sounds like an great accomplishment to me.

jo(e) said...

I've always lived in crowded, noisy houses so I have no trouble at all napping in the midst of confusion.

But if I wake up in the middle of the night and everything is dark and quiet -- well, sometimes then I have trouble sleeping.