April 30, 2006

Napping

On Sunday afternoons, the teenagers and kids in the house, already tired from playing music into the early hours of the morning, will play a few hours of ultimate frisbee or basketball in the fresh air, and then come back into the house for food and drink. By late afternoon, I’ll find sleeping bodies all over the place – often on the floor, looking like they were attacked by aliens and just fell limp. The lucky ones get the comfy couch. Skater Boy and Shaggy Hair Boy will burrow into the cushions, putting pillows over their heads to shut out the bright sunlight and sleep there, oblivious, even while people around them are making food, playing the piano, or running the vacuum cleaner. The ability to sleep anywhere any time is a skill that we value in this household.

naps

20 comments:

ccw said...

I love this picture!

Oh, what I would give to be able to sleep so soundly.

Leslee said...

I value my naps much like the boys do. Anytime, anywhere, no matter who's around.

Cool picture

Bardiac said...

Man, I wish I could get comfortable like that... looks SO inviting!

Ianqui said...

Heh heh. I value the skill of sleeping anytime very much, too.

susan said...

What a photo! I love, love, love to nap. One year on Politica's birthday, we had some friends over--pre kids--and rented a movie for after dinner. We all fell asleep. It was one of the best birthdays ever!

sp said...

What a wonderful picture! I napped this afternoon, too - something I rarely get to do. I can't wait until I have a couch as comfy as your looks.

Friday Mom said...

I have that sleep anywhere, anytime ability. It is extremely valuable, except when you're the first to fall asleep at a slumber party.

Queen of West Procrastination said...

That picture looks so very familiar. My family also naps like champions.

moxie hotpants said...

You're like Norman Rockwell for the 21st Century. New ideals of happiness. And post-nostalgic Americana.

Sandra said...

Looks like a deliciously comfy couch. Move over and make room for one more?

turtlebella said...

I've heard that the saying should not be, "sleep like a baby" but "sleep like a teenager." Sounds and looks like that's true to me! Happy naps to all.

BeachMama said...

Looks like our house yesterday! Every chair and couch was filled with tired bodies. Siestas, that is just another reason to love spring and summer.

zelda1 said...

We have the almost same sofa. My seven-year-old grandson likes to put the cushons behind me when he plays video games. My son is like your boys, covers face with cushons to shut out the world, and the baby, he likes to try and move them around to make a stack, which he tries to successfully climb onto. Sometimes, life is just so good, isn't it?

liz said...

That is a splendid picture.

It looks just so deliciously cozy.

Yankee T said...

Nobody, I mean NOBODY in my house naps. We have never acquired that skill. If one of my kids is asleep during the day, they're sick. Rainy Sunday afternoons, The Attorney and I always say we're going to nap, but we never do. I'm jealous.

Mona Buonanotte said...

I wish that was me...right now...,

Teri said...

What is this thing called "nap" of which you speak? I know it not.

Psycho Kitty said...

See? See? I can do that. It's in my blood. So why, WHY, don't my children??
Please tell me they'll grow into it.

jo(e) said...

Psycho: Oh, my kids NEVER took naps when they were little. The ability to nap came with the onset of puberty.

Inside the Philosophy Factory said...

My debate team would feel very comfortable in your house... they can go from 110% full-speed ahead to sleeping and snoring in nothing flat. They do so anyplace (our apartment, the debate van, the floor of some strange school... ANYPLACE).

It is wonderful that your son's friends feel so comfortable in your home. It says a lot about you and your family.